The University of Florida club tennis team won its second title of the month on the Florida “Tennis on Campus” circuit, over the weekend claiming the FGCU Dirty Bird Classic hosted by the Florida Gulf Coast University club tennis team on Nov. 17, 2018 in Ft. Myers, Fla.
In the Gold Bracket final the UF-“A” team raised the championship trophy when the UF-“B” team was forced to default.
The UF-“A” team was comprised of Coley Hungate, Johann Rapp, Sarah Perkins, Kalika Shelar and Luke Blackman. The UF-“B” team’s roster was Luca del Omo, Paulo Sicangco, Gabrielle Herbet, Luka Illic, Regina Camberos and David Dolbaum.
UF-“A” gained the final by stopping the University of South Florida-“A” squad in the semifinals, while the UF-“B” team defeated USF-“B” in the semis. It was UF’s second straight team victory, and second on the 2018-19 season, after beating the University of Miami in the final of their home UM Ibis Open event on Nov. 10.
The USF-“C” team won the Silver Bracket, defeating UF-“C” in the final, and the University of Tampa-“B” squad won the Bronze Bracket, besting the Florida State University-“B” team in the championship match.
Others participating among the eight schools and 24 teams were Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, and Nova Southeastern University. The FGCU Dirty Bird Classic was the final event of 2018, and the club circuit will resume in 2019 on Jan. 12 in Jacksonville with the UNF Swoop the Nest tournament.
USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ 2018-19 Tournament Schedule:
Sept. 29 — FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee (FINAL: UM-“A” vs. UCF-“A” rained out)
Oct. 13 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (FINAL: USF-“A” d. UM-“B”)
Oct. 20 — UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (FINAL: UCF-“A” d. USF-“A”)
Nov. 10 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Nov. 17 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Jan. 12 — UNF Swoop the Nest, Jacksonville
Feb. 2 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville
Feb. 16 — Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis On Campus’ Challenge, Delray Beach
Feb. 23 — USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Sectional Championships
Oct. 5, 2018 — Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational, Cary, N.C. (FINAL: Georgia d. Florida)
March 23, 2019 — Tennis on Campus Spring Invitational, Surprise, Ariz.
April 11-14, 2019 — Tennis on Campus National Championships, USTA National Campus, Orlando
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.