After two runner-up efforts in the first three tournaments of the season the University of Miami club tennis team broke through for its first title of the year last weekend on the USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” circuit.
At the University of South Florida-hosted USF Bull Run, UM in the final upsetting the two-time 2019 champion University of Florida 22-19.
The two teams split wins in the singles and doubles matches before UM won the mixed doubles 6-4 to clinch the victory.
Gold Bracket Final: UM-“A” d. UF-“A” 22-19
Women’s Doubles: UM (Daniela Gonzalez/Catalina Gonzalez) d. UF (Isabella Herrero/Tess Flemma) 6-2
Men’s Doubles: UF (Luca del Omo/Johann Rapp) d. UM (Niles Ghatter/Rochan Remesh) 6-4
Women’s Singles: UF (Sara Perkins) d. UM (Chloe Decker) 6-0
Men’s Singles: UM (Niles Ghetter) d. UF (David Burns) 6-1
Mixed Doubles: UM (Rochan Ramesh/Daniela Gonzalez) d. UF (Johann Rapp/Isabella Herrero) 6-4
In the Gold Bracket semifinals UM-“A” defeated the UF-“C” team, while UF-“A” defeated the University of South Florida-“A” team.
The UM-“B” team won the Silver Bracket after edging the Florida State University-“B” team 23-22 in the final, and the USF-“D” team won the Bronze Bracket, in the final topping the Florida Gulf Coast University-“A” squad 26-22.
Twenty-four teams from nine schools competed at the event: UM, UF, USF, FSU, FGCU, University of Tampa, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida and Florida Atlantic University.
The next event on the 2019-20 USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” schedule will be the Florida Gulf Coast University-hosted FGCU Dirty Bird Classic on Nov. 9 in Ft. Myers.
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
Nov. 16 — UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando
Jan. 11 — University of North Florida, Jacksonville
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.