February 20th, 2017

UF Denies UM Again at USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Delray Beach Open Challenge

Adult Tennis News Tennis On Campus

The first place University of Florida squad

The University of Florida won its fifth USTA ‘Tennis on Campus’ circuit title of the year over the weekend, defeating the University of Miami 30-9 in the final of the Delray Beach Open Challenge, held concurrently with the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open.

“We had a spectacular time, the weather could not be any better, the TOC players were able to watch some quality ATP matches, and have an overall great time,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin.

It was a repeat of last year’s final at the Delray Beach Open Challenge, and the fourth time this season UM has reached a final without coming home a champion. UF made up three of the four teams in the semifinals — UF-“A” advanced to the final by defeating the UF-“B” team, and UM-“A” topped the UF-“C” team in the semis.

Gold Bracket Final Results:

Final: UF-“A” d. UM-“B” 30-9

Women’s Doubles: Paige Nicholson/Sarah Perkins (UF) d. Daniela Gonzalez/Nino Coutelle 6-2
Men’s Doubles: Paul Johnson/Alex Peckham (UF) d. Steven Masciale/Logan Elstermann 6-0
Women’s Singles: Paige Nicholson (UF) d. Sarah Vargas 6-3
Men’s Singles: Peter Slater (UF) d. Nino Coutelle 6-4
Mixed Doubles: Paul Johnson/Barrie Eisenberg (UF) d. Nino Coutelle/Sarah Varas 6-0

The runner-up University of Miami team

The University of South Florida-“A” team won the Silver Bracket, in the final defeating the Florida Atlantic University-“A” team 29-11.

Other participating teams were from the University of Tampa, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the visiting Colorado School of Mines from Golden, Co.

Next up on Florida’s ‘Tennis on Campus’ schedule is the Florida season-ending USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Section Championships on Feb. 25-26.

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

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.