February 27th, 2017

UCF Stops UF Run at 2017 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Championships; 3 Teams to Nationals

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The University of Central Florida upset the four-time defending champion University of Florida 30-14 on Sunday to capture the USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Section Championships, held Feb. 25-26, 2017 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

It was UCF’s third season-ending championship victory after wins in 2012 and 2006.

UCF defeated the University of Miami’s top team in the semifinals, while the UF-“B” team upset the UF-“A” squad in their semis to gain the championship match. In the final the dominant UCF team won all five positions.

Gold Bracket Final: UCF-“A” d. UF-“B” 30-14

Women’s Doubles: Jennifer Fernandez/Linda Antonova (UCF) d. Isabella Herrero/Taylor Oliver 6-1
Men’s Doubles: Geo Wu/Miguel Carajal (UCF) d. Maxwell Koller/Shiv Krishnaswamy 6-4
Women’s Singles: Chelsea Motie (UCF) d. Taylor Oliver 6-1
Men’s Singles: Aiden O’Brien (UCF) d. Spencer Ong 6-3
Mixed Doubles: Chelsea Motie/Miguel Carajal (UCF) d. Isabella Herrero/Spencer Ong 6-5

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In the Silver Bracket final UF-“C” defeated UF-“D,” and the University of South Florida-“C” team won the

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Bronze Bracket with a win over UCF-“D” in the final. Other participating schools were the University of North Florida, University of Tampa, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Year-end awards went to the University of Florida as Club of the Year and Campus Series Champions with a season-leading six tournament titles, and Samad Loya of USF was awarded Club Leader of the Year.

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UF and UCF combined to win all nine titles on the 2016-17 Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ calendar. Only two other schools reached tournament finals during the season, UM (0-4 in finals) and FSU (0-1).

UF, UCF and UM received bids to represent the USTA Florida Section among 64 teams at the 2017 USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships, to be held on April 13-15 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’
Year-end Championship Winners:
 
2017 — University of Central Florida d. University of Florida-“B”
2016 — University of Florida d. University of Miami
2015 — University of Florida d. University of Florida-“B”
2014 — University of Florida d. University of South Florida
2013 — University of Florida d. University of Central Florida
2012 — University of Central Florida d. University of Florida
2011 — University of Florida d. University of Central Florida
2010 — University of Florida d. University of Central Florida
2009 — University of Florida d. University of Central Florida
2008 — University of Florida d. Daytona State College
2007 — University of Florida d. University of Central Florida
2006 — University of Central Florida d. University of Florida

2016-17 Florida Schedule and Results:

Sept. 17-18 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables (FINAL: UCF-A d. UM-A)
Sept. 24-25 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (FINAL: UF-A d. UF-B)
Oct. 22-23 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (FINAL: UF-A d. UM-A)
Nov. 5-6 — Knightro Cup, Orlando (FINAL: UCF-A d. UM-A)
Nov. 19-20 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers (FINAL: UF-A d. UCF-A)
Jan. 28-29 — FAMU/FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee (FINAL: UF-A d. FSU-A)
Feb. 4-5 — FAU Tournament, Boca Raton (FINAL: UCF-A d. UF-A)
Feb. 17 — Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis On Campus’ Challenge, Delray Beach (FINAL: UF-A d. UM-B)
Feb. 25-26 — USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Section Championships (FINAL: UCF-A d. UF-B)

About USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA’s 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 of a NCAA varsity program. 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. The USTA Tennis on Campus team format features men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team.

Florida’s Tennis on Campus series in 2016-17 is eight regular-season tournaments leading to the year-end championships, determining which teams will advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships. Any college club team can participate with a minimum four players, two male and two female.

For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series or to start a team at your school go to www.ustaflorida.com/TOC, or contact Desirae McLaughlin at toc@ustaflorida.com.

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