The University of Florida club tennis team won its second title in its second appearance of the 2017-17 season last weekend at the USF Bull Run in Tampa, where they defeated the University of Miami team 26-19 in the final.
In the final UF won the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and women’s singles, while UM kept it close with wins in the men’s singles and mixed doubles in the one-set World TeamTennis format.
“Overall we really enjoyed the success of our teams from top to bottom,” said UF captain Max Koller. “We take pride in the continued success of our group season after season, and are looking forward to the upcoming tournaments the rest of the semester. At the University of Florida our strength lies in our depth. We have players on our ‘D’ team that could play on our ‘A’ team at any given moment.”
Final: UF d. UM 26-19
Gold Bracket Final Results:
Men’s Singles: Nino Coutelle (UM) d. Andy Makarov 6-2
Women’s Singles: Alesha Lissanevitch (UF) d. Daniela Gonzalez 6-0
Men’s Doubles: Maxwell Koller/Alex Peckham (UF) d. Sharadh Ramesh/Teddy Dunn 6-3
Women’s Doubles: Barrie Eisenberg/Isabella Herrero (UF) d. Sarah Vargas/Daniela Gonzalez 6-4
Mixed Doubles: Nino Coutelle/Sarah Vargas (UM) d. Alex Peckham/Isabella Herrero 6-5
UF in their semifinal defeated the University of Central Florida-“A” team, while UM stopped the host University of South Florida-“B” squad. It was UF’s 17th consecutive win in a USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Series event final, dating to September 2013 when they lost to UCF in the final of the FSU Capital Challenge in Tallahassee.
The Florida State University-“A” team won the Silver Bracket, defeating UM-“B” in the final 25-20. The University of Tampa-“B” team won the Bronze Bracket, in the final edging the UCF-“C” team 23-21.
Other participating school were the University of North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic University.
“For the ever-popular Bull Run the weather gods were working overtime to provide some of the most pleasant fall weather,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. “We had perfect weather and some pretty exciting matches.”
Next up on the Florida Tennis on Campus schedule is the Knightro Cup in Orlando on Nov. 5-6.
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
Nov. 19-20 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers
Jan. 28-29 — FAMU/FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee
Feb. 4-5 — FAU Tournament, Boca Raton
Feb. 25-26 — USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Section Championships
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.
The USTA Florida Tennis on Campus wraps up each school season with the Florida championships and a chance for teams to advance to the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships.