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2013 Tennis On Campus Year In Review

USTA Tennis On Campus celebrated another great year in 2013.  Here are some of the highlights:

2013 Fall Invitational (October 11-13):
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center in Hilton Head Island, S.C. was once again the setting for the Tennis On Campus kick-off event of the season.  Two hundred and sixty-students from 32 colleges and universities made up the draw of the tournament which is now in its 4th year.   

“The annual Fall Invitational is a great way to start the season. It provides students the opportunity to come together in the spirit of competition while networking and collaborating to strengthen club tennis activities,” said Glenn Arrington, National Manager, USTA Tennis On Campus.  “As the Tennis On Campus program grows and expands, so has this event, building tremendous momentum to an exciting season each year.” 

With a draw full of unique schools - 12 schools competing for the first time - excitement was in the air.  National Champions, The University of Georgia dominated on Day 1, but we upset by The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on Day 2.  First timers, The University of Florida (and National Runner-Up) were strong throughout and defeated The University of Virginia 23-18 in the finals.  Both teams have secured their spots in the 2014 National Championship next April in Surprise, Arizona.

2013 National Championship (April 11-13):
Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex was the home of the National Championship, as co-ed club teams from across the country competed for the title.  The University of Georgia defeated the University of Florida in overtime 26-24.     

The 64 team draw featured 7 schools that advanced to Nationals for the first time – DePaul, Emory, George Washington, Kennesaw State, South Dakota State University, St. Mary’s College of California and Valley City State.  In contrast to the first-timers, the Western Washington University Vikings participated in their 14th consecutive National Championship.  The Vikings are the only team to qualify and compete at each Tennis On Campus National Championship since it debuted in 2000.

The USTA Military Outreach program was on site in an effort to educate students about the initiative and encourage them to participate in the Adopt-A-Unit program. Players offered their support by writing letters to the troops.   

The Championship was also the perfect time to honor those who have made significant contributions to the Tennis On Campus program on their respective campuses while also making a difference in the local community.  North Dakota State University was honored as the USTA Tennis On Campus Club of the Year.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 awards – submit one today!

2013 Spring Invitational (April 10-12):
The Tennis On Campus season came to a close with the Spring Invitational which was once hosted at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona.  Thirty-two teams from 25 colleges and universities participated in the event, which celebrated its 5 year anniversary. 

The action was intense throughout, but The University of Southern California defeated California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo 27-20 in the final.  USC and Cal Poly have secured their spots in the 2014 National Championship.

Mike Lynch was honored as the Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year during the player party instead of at Nationals, because he opted to play one last event with his team. 

After such a great 2013, we’re excited about 2014 & hope you are too!

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