The University of Florida club tennis team both kept their perfect season intact and defended their home turf at the 2014 UF Gatorbowl in Gainesville on Oct. 25-26. In the all-UF final the UF-“A” team edged the UF-“B” squad 23-21 for the title.
F has swept both events thus far on the 2014-15 USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” calendar, last month winning the FSU Capital Challenge in Tallahassee.
“Overall we had four of our five teams make the Gold Bracket, and our ‘B’ squad made the final,” said UF captain Max Koller. “That is a true testament to the depth of our team and how all of us really contribute, not only with high-level tennis but supporting each other as we go along.”
The UF-“A” team in the semifinals defeated the Florida Gulf Coast University “A” squad 30-13, while the UF-“B” team in their semis edged the University of Central Florida “A” team 25-24.
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. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point supertiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
The UCF-“C” team won the Silver Bracket final over the University of South Florida “B” squad, and in the Bronze Bracket final the Stetson “A” team defeated the USF-“D” team.
UF is now a perfect 3-0 in tournament appearances in 2014 after earlier this month becoming the first repeat winner at the national USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C., defeating Auburn 25-18 in the final.
The next event on the USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” circuit will be the UCF Knitro Cup hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando in November.
USTA Florida Tennis on Campus 2014-15 Schedule:
Sept. 13-14 — USF Bull Run, Tampa [RAINED OUT]
Sept. 27-28 — FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee [FINAL: UF d. UCF]
Oct. 25-26 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville [FINAL: UF-A d. UF-B]
Nov. 8-9 — UCF Knitro Cup, Orlando
Jan. 24-25 — UM Ibis Open, Miami
Feb. 7-8 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers
Feb. 21-22 — USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Championships, Altamonte Springs
March TBA — Spring Break Invitational
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series contact Desirae McLaughlin by visiting our Contact Us page..