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Dartmouth College Wins the 2014 USTA Battle of the Sections
By: Shell Wood, USTA Mid-Atlantic
After a 6th place finish in 2013, Dartmouth College came back to win the 2014 USTA Battle of the Sections Tennis on Campus event over the September 20-21 weekend. Now in its eighth year, Battle of the Sections welcomed 16 elite teams from the USTA New England, USTA Middle States, USTA Eastern and USTA Mid-Atlantic Sections to compete for both the Team Champion and Section Champion of 2014.
The energy was high and the weather was perfect on Day 1, while teams battled it out within their respective round robin pools. Powering through three matches at the Sea Colony Tennis Resort in Bethany Beach, Delaware, a first-time site for this event, players had time to enjoy the resort’s beach and pool, as well as spend quality time with their team.
Sunday matches brought heightened competition as the top four teams from pool play advanced to the Gold Bracket to gruel it out for the coveted Battle of the Sections Champion trophy. Three USTA New England teams were in this top grouping – Yale, Dartmouth and Boston College – with the University of Maryland representing USTA Mid-Atlantic, rounding out the semi-finals. Spirits were high and the cheering got louder as Dartmouth and Boston College advanced to the Finals of the Gold Bracket. It would be an all USTA/New England final, and certainly the clinch for the USTA/New England Section to take home the Section Champion Silver Bowl for the year, claiming their strength as top Tennis on Campus program in the Northeast. A close 27-23 final score, made Dartmouth College the 2014 Champion, after an all-out amazing performance by their whole team on the court.
While the Gold bracket played, the remaining 12 Tennis on Campus teams fought it out in their respective draws. In the Silver bracket, Cornell University overcame Columbia University in the finals. In the Bronze bracket, Penn State University defeated the University of Virginia by a slim 25-23 margin. As the Copper bracket saw Stonybrook University down James Madison University for their final match.
Columbia University took home the Team Sportsmanship Award for the event. And the USTA/New England Section, indeed, did take home the Section Champion award, a unique aspect of this tournament. Results are determined by each teams performance throughout the event, the Section with the strongest showing overall is added to the Battle of the Sections Silver Bowl and will display it at their office for a full year until the next Battle of the Sections event.
For photos from the event taken by Andrew Leary click here.
For the schedule, Pool Play & Bracket Results click here.
We would like to thank the following people for their efforts in organizing and executing the tournament: Glenn Arrington & Kelly Goodhart (USTA Tennis on Campus), Samantha Chin (USTA/Eastern), Mary Wurtz (USTA/Middle States), Alex Chan/Morgan Abrams-Nicholas/Shell Wood (USTA/Mid-Atlantic), Sarah Rice (USTA/New England), Thomas Johnston & Krista Burton (Sea Colony Tennis), Susan Bacher (Tournament Referee), Emily Wood & Jackie Anderson (Tournament Trainers) and all the players who participated!
2007 – Penn State University (Team Winner), USTA/Mid-Atlantic (Section Winner)
2008 – Brown University (Team Winner), USTA/Middle States (Section Winner)
2009 – University of Virginia (Team Winner), USTA/Mid-Atlantic (Section Winner)
2010 – Penn State University (Team Winner), USTA/Mid-Atlantic (Section Winner)
2011 – Harvard University (Team Winner), USTA/New England (Section Winner)
2012 – University of Virginia (Team Winner), USTA/New England (Section Winner)
2013 – Cornell University (Team Winner), USTA/Eastern (Section Winner)
2014 – Dartmouth College (Team Winner), USTA/New England (Section Winner)
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