The 2019-2020 USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” season officially resumed over the weekend, but not without some issues.
“They ran into some rain and lighting issues, making it a bit challenging to complete the tournament,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. “Unfortunately, the Gold Bracket final was not able to start before the sun went down.”
The University of Miami-“A” team defeated the University of Florida-“B” team to reach the Gold Bracket final of the UNF Swoop the Nest, hosted by the University of North Florida on Jan. 11 in Jacksonville, before the championship bracket matches were canceled due to insufficient lighting. The UF-“A” team also reached the final when it defeated the Florida State University-“A” team in their semi-final.
Gold Bracket Finalists: UM-“A” and UF-“A”
Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, the Silver Bracket final was played to completion, with the UNF-“A” team topping the FSU-“B” team 30-13 in the final.
Women’s Doubles: Kacy Poor/Lauren Derstine (UNF) d. Nicole Cinquino/Rada Khan 6-0
Men’s Doubles: Daniel Hall/Anthony Lacabucci (UNF) d. Juan Rodriguez/Nicholas Oppenheimer 6-3
Women’s Singles: Lauren Derstine (UNF) d. Corrine Bresky 6-3
Men’s Singles: Cole Ginter (UNF ) d. Andrew Gyotoku 6-2
Mixed Doubles: Cole Ginter/Kacy Poore (UNF) d. Nicole Cinquino/Juan Rodriguez 6-5
15 teams from six schools competed at the event: UNF, UM, University of Central Florida, UF, Florida Gulf Coast University, and FSU.
The next event on the 2019-20 USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” schedule will be the UM Ibis Open in Key Biscayne on Jan. 18.
USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” 2019-20 tournament schedule:
Sept. 14 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (Final: UF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Sept. 28 — FAU Burrow Brawl, Boca Raton (Final: UCF-“A” d. UM-“A”)
Oct. 5 — FSU Clash at the Capital, Tallahassee (Final: UF-“A” d. FSU-“A”)
Oct. 26 — USF Bull Run, Tampa (Final: UM-“A” d. UF-“A”)
Nov. 2 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers (Final: UCF-“A” d. UT-“A”)
Nov. 16 — UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (Final: UCF-“A” d. UF-“A”)
Jan. 11 — UNF Swoop the Nest, Jacksonville (Final: UM-“A” vs. UF-“A” cancelled)
Jan. 18 — UM Ibis Open, Key Biscayne
Feb. 1 — Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Feb. 15 — Delray Beach Open “Tennis on Campus” Challenge
Feb. 22 — 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, to see team results or to start a team, go to www.ustaflorida.com/TOC, or contact Desirae McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.