January 26th, 2016
Florida Gators Club Wins ‘Tennis on Campus’ Ibis Open, 4th Title in 4 Events
It’s not often that the University of Florida beats Big Ten heavyweights Ohio State and Wisconsin AND wins a Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ club tennis title, but that was the scenario last weekend, Jan. 23-24, 2016 at the Ibis Open hosted by the University of Miami, which featured a number of out-of-state college club tennis teams challenging Florida schools.
In the Gold Bracket final, the UF-“A” team defeated the University of Central Florida-“A” squad 30-17 for its fourth Florida club tennis circuit title of the 2015-16 season in its fourth tournament appearance.
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UF was dominant in the final in all divisions, winning the men’s singles 6-3, women’s singles 6-3, men’s doubles 6-4, women’s doubles 6-5, and the mixed doubles 6-2. Twenty-eight teams competed at two sites, the University of Miami courts and Crandon Park, home of the ATP/WTA Miami Open.
Other Florida schools competing were Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Stetson, University of Miami, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa. Out-of-state schools in addition to Ohio State were Dartmouth, the University of Charleston and the University of Wisconsin.
The Silver Bracket final went unfinished due to darkness with the UF-“B” team facing the UF-“C” team, to be completed at a later date, and the UT-“A” team won the Bronze Bracket with a win over FAU-“A” in the final.
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The next event on the 2015-16 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ calendar will be the FGCU Dirty Bird Classic in Ft. Myers on Jan. 30-31.
2015-16 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Tournament Schedule:
Sept. 19-20 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (FINAL: UF d. UM)
Oct. 3-4 — FAMU/FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee (FINAL: UF d. UM)
Oct. 24-25 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (FINAL: UF d. UM)
Nov. 7-8 — UT Spartan Challenge, Tampa (FINAL: UM d. USF)
Nov. 21-22 — Knightro Cup, Orlando (Rained Out)
Jan. 23-24 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables (FINAL: UF d. UCF)
Jan. 30-31 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers
Feb. 13-14 — Delray Beach Campus Challenge
Feb. 27-28 — USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Section Championships, Altamonte Springs
April 14-16 — USTA Tennis on Campus National Championship, Cary, N.C.
About USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA Tennis on Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors or time commitment of NCAA varsity play. Tennis on Campus offers fun co-ed team-based play (using the World TeamTennis scoring format), regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently the program is offered on more than 500 college campuses, combining men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team.
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series or to start a team at your school go to www.USTAFlorida.com/TennisOnCampus or contact Desirae McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.