The University of South Florida protected their home turf last weekend at the USF Bull Run tournament in Tampa. In the Gold Bracket final the USF-“A” team defeated the University of Miami-“B” team 29-16 in the World TeamTennis scoring format.
The event was part of the 2018-19 USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” series of events for college club teams.
“We had perfect weather that made for even better tennis this past weekend in Tampa,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. “USF and UM dominated this event with both clubs in all three Gold, Silver and Bronze bracket finals.”
It is the first time the USF tennis club has won titles in two consecutive seasons after last January emerging victorious at the UNF Swoop the Nest tournament in Jacksonville.
USF in the Gold Bracket semifinals beat the Florida Atlantic University-“A” team 27-10, and UM defeated the Florida State University-“A” squad 30-10.
Gold Bracket Final Results:
Women’s Doubles: Caroline Nordman/Annie Brey (USF) d. Daniela Gonzalez/Sara Jacobs 6-1
Men’s Doubles: Steven Pike/Sebastian Fujito (USF) d. Beltran Moreno/Rochan Ramesh 6-2
Women’s Singles: Anri Ferris (USF) d. Sara Jacobs 6-2
Men’s Singles: Beltran Moreno (UM) d. Sebastian Fujito 6-5
Mixed Doubles: Steven Pike/Caroline Nordman (USF) d. Rochan Ramesh/Daniela Gonzalez 6-5
The UM-“C” team won the Silver Bracket, defeating USF-“C” in the final, and the UM-“D” team won the Bronze Bracket after besting the USF-“D” team in the championship match.
Other participating schools were the University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of Tampa.
The next event on the 2018-19 USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ schedule will be the UCF Knightro Cup hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Oct. 20.
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
Nov. 10 — UM Ibis Open, Coral Gables
Nov. 17 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers
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 — Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational, Cary, N.C.
March 23 — Tennis on Campus Spring Invitational, Surprise, Ariz.
April 11-14 — 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.