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UC Berkeley looking for three-peat at 2016 Tennis On Campus Nationals
By Ashley Marshall
The University of California, Berkeley will have its sights set on a three-peat when the first ball goes up at the Tennis On Campus National Championship later this month, but the road to another title has never been harder.
The Golden Bears have been the preeminent force in coed club tennis this decade, claiming four of the past six National Championship crowns and establishing a legacy that rivals the Texas A&M University team that won four consecutive titles a decade ago.
But if the Golden Bears want to become just the second team in the 16-year history of the Tennis On Campus National Championships to lift the trophy three years in succession, it will have to run the gauntlet of contenders and newcomers.
In total, 64 colleges and universities across the country have qualified for the 2016 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship, which will be played at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C., April 14-16.
This year, seven schools will make their debut at Nationals in a field that includes 2016 Club of the Year the College of William and Mary, 2015 runner-up the University of Minnesota, 2013 winners the Univeristy of Georgia and 2011 champs UCLA. Teams participating in the Tennis On Campus National Championship have advanced through USTA section championship play or received automatic bids from winning at the Fall or Spring Invitationals.
“The USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship is far and away the most exciting and successful recreational college tennis event in the country, “said Glenn Arrington, National Director, USTA Tennis On Campus. “The Championship offers students a unique blend of team competition balanced with a coed fun and a social vibe—setting it apart from varsity programs. Having the opportunity to compete at Nationals is a memorable milestone in any player’s college experience.”
The Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country.
Participating teams who have received bids for this year’s USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship include the following schools:
|Arizona State University||Oregon State University||University of Iowa|
|Auburn University||Penn State University||University of Maryland|
|Boston College||San Diego State University*||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Brigham Young University||Stanford University||University of Miami|
|Cal Poly San Luis Obispo||Stephen F. Austin University*||University of Michigan|
|Carleton College||Stony Brook University||University of Minnesota|
|College of Williams & Mary||Texas A&M University||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|Columbia University||The Ohio State University||University of Northern Colorado|
|Cornell University||The University of Texas, Austin||University of Oregon|
|Dartmouth University||University of Alabama||University of Pennsylvania|
|DePaul University||University of Arizona||University of Pittsburgh|
|Georgia College*||University of California, Berkeley||University of South Carolina|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||University of California, Davis||University of Southern California|
|Harvard University||University of California, Los Angeles||University of Virginia|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||University of California, Santa Barbara||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Iowa State University||University of Colorado||Vanderbilt University|
|Lamar University||University of Delaware||Virginia Polytechnic Institute|
|Marquette University||University of Florida||Washington University, St. Louis|
|North Carolina State University||University of Georgia||West Virginia University*|
|North Dakota State University||University of Houston*||Western Washington University|
|Northeastern University||University of Illinois, Chicago*||Yale University|
* Denotes first-time participant