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2014 Year in Review

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USTA Tennis On Campus celebrated another outstanding year in 2014.  Here are some of the highlights:

Fall Invitational (October 10-12):
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.  Three hundred and seventy-five students from 41 colleges and universities made up the 48 team draw of the tournament which is now in its 5th 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 - 8 schools competing for the first time - excitement was in the air.  The University of Florida (and National Runner-Up) was the first ever repeat Champions at this event as they defeated Auburn University 25-18 in the Final.  Both teams have secured their spots in the 2015 National Championship next April in Cary, North Carolina.

National Championship (April 10-12):
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 California Berkeley’s Golden Bears defeated the University of Florida’s Gators 27-13.      

The 64 team draw featured 4 schools that advanced to Nationals for the first time – Cal State Chico, Gonzaga, Saginaw Valley State and Yale.  In contrast to the first-timers, the Western Washington University Vikings participated in their 15th 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 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.  Cooper Anderson from Western Washington University was honored as the USTA Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year, while Ferris State University was honored as the USTA Tennis On Campus Club of the Year.  Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 awards – submit one today!

Spring Invitational (April 11-13):
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 29 colleges and universities participated in the event, which celebrated its 6th year anniversary. 

The action was intense, but the University of California -  Los Angeles a defeated the University of Southern California 28-13 in the final.  UCLA and USC have secured their spots in the 2015 National Championship.

After such a great 2014, we’re excited about 2015 and hope you are too!

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