February 22nd, 2018

UF Wins ‘Tennis on Campus’ Delray Beach Open Heading Into Florida Sectional Championships

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The Gold Bracket champion UF squad

In a repeat of last year’s final at the USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ stop at the Delray Beach Open, the season leader University of Florida defeated the University of Miami 29-19 in the World TeamTennis format.

The UM-“A” team in their semifinal denied an all-UF final, defeating the UF-“B” squad, while UF-“A” in their semifinal defeated Florida Gulf Coast University’s “A” team. It was UF’s fifth title in eight events this season.

The matches were contested during the ATP Delray Beach Open, which concludes at the end of the week.

The Gold Bracket finalists from UM

“As always the players had a fun time on and off the court with the professional tennis all around the facility,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin.

Final Gold Bracket Results:

Women’s Doubles: Paige Nicholson/Aslesha Lissanevitch (UF) d. Daniela Gonzalez/Erika Nannery 6-4
Men’s Doubles: Luke Blackman/Stephan Felman (UF) d. Sharadh Ramesh/Rochon Ramesh 6-4
Women’s Singles: Sarah Perkins (UF) d. Erika Nannery 6-0
Men’s Singles: Nino Coutelle (UM) d. Andrew Makarov 6-5
Mixed Doubles: Spencer Ong/Isabella Herrero (UF) d. Coutelle/Sarah Vargas 6-5

The FGCU-“B” team won the Silver Bracket over Florida Atlantic University’s “A” team in the final.

Other teams participating among the six schools and 12 teams were the University of Tampa and the University of North Florida.

The 2017-18 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ season will conclude this coming weekend with the sectional championships, Feb. 24-25 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, where the University of Central Florida will defend its title from last season.

2017-18 Schedule and Results:

Sept. 23 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Oct. 7 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (FINAL: UM-“A” d. USF-“A”)
Oct. 28 — FSU Battle in the Capital, Tallahassee (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UF-“B”)
Nov. 4 — UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (FINAL: UM-“A” d. UCF-“A”)
Nov. 11 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables (FINAL: UF-“A” and UM-“A” co-champs (rain)
Jan. 13 — UNF Swoop the Nest, Jacksonville (FINAL: USF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Jan. 20 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers (FINAL: UF-“A” d. U. of Wisconsin “A”)
Feb. 17 — Delray Beach Open Challenge, Delray Beach (FINAL: UF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Feb. 24 — 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.

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.