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2010 USTA National Campus Championship Day 2 Recap

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Cal Berkeley is all hands in as they
perpair for the semifinals. (Photo by
Cameraworks USA)

 

California Dreaming: It’s no coincidence California is known as the “Golden State,” with four California teams entering Day 2 competition in the Gold Bracket. Long-time rivals Cal. Berkeley and Stanford University will square off in a heated match at 10:00 a.m. to determine which Northern California team will advance to the quarterfinals. USC will take on the University of Maryland and UCLA will face off against a determined Cornell team.

Reunited: Best friends Chelsea Borgeson of the College of Charleston and Christie Mead of the University of Michigan spent much of their college years 853 miles apart, only to be reunited during the TOC National Campus Championship every April. Once high school doubles partners, Chelsea and Christie took time between their matches to relax in the Arizona sun and catch up with one another. The two girls share more than just the new gossip however, as they both serve at the captains for their school’s club tennis team.

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University of Florida celebrates their
win. (Photo by Cameraworks USA)
And The Heat Goes On: In a series of competitive afternoon matches the road to the Championship was cut short for several powerhouses as a number of early favorites were dealt tough losses. The 2009 National Campus Championship Runner-Ups, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, lost a gruesome battle against the University of Florida who pulled out a 27-24 victory to advance to the quarterfinals. The University of Colorado knocked out a strong Dartmouth team with a score of 27-24 to pursue their hopes at a National Campus Championship title. The other teams that will advance to the quarterfinals are: California Berkeley, Penn State University, USC, UCLA, University of Florida, and Michigan State University.

Friendly Rivals: Lee Lenker (Senior) of the University of Oregon has always thought fondly of his high school tennis career. The Oregon State Championship in 06’ being the fondest of his memories. Tanner Borg, one of the newest players to join the University of Oregon’s club tennis team, doesn’t exactly have the same “fond” memories of that day that Lee has.

Lee Lenker of  Portland, OR and Tanner Borg of Medford, OR stepped onto the court at the Oregon High School State Championship to compete against one another in the doubles match that would forever impact their future in tennis. After a bitter battle between the two, Lenker came out the victor while Borg vowed to one day challenge Lenker again. 

Four years later Tanner Borg got his wish as he and Lee Lenker crossed paths again, but this time they were not exchanging competitive glances as rivals but high fives as they compete as teammates on the same side of the court on the University of Oregon’s Tennis On Campus Club team.

The Road to the Semifinals: Loud cheering drew quite the crowd to center court for the mixed doubles match between the University of Michigan and the University of Central Florida. Erin McCardle of UCF ended the super tie-breaker by spiking the ball over the net, just out of reach for the Wolverines. 

In other quarterfinal matches Cal Berkeley defeated Penn State University (30-13), UCLA defeated USC (24-19) and the University of Florida took home the victory after a close match with the Colorado Rams defeating them (27-24). .

As day 2 comes to an end four hopeful teams will dream of victory as they prepare for their 8 am matches to determine who will face off in the National Campus Championship finals. 


 

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