The USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” circuit took its first trip to Jacksonville last weekend for the inaugural UNF Swoop the Nest tournament, where the University of South Florida defeated the University of Miami in the Gold Bracket final 29-20 in the World TeamTennis scoring format on the University of North Florida campus.
“We had some chilly weather, but when the sun came out, it was smooth sailing,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. “With some schools still on winter vacation or just starting classes this week, there was lesser attendance than our fall events but this made for a more intimate atmosphere overall.”
Gold Bracket final results:
Women’s Doubles: Annie Brey/Anri Ferris (USF) d. Allie Linder/Daniela Gonzalez 6-2
Men’s Doubles: Steven Masciale/Mateus Fairabairn (UM) d. Steven Pike/Kevin Millet 6-5
Women’s Singles: Anri Ferris (USF) d. Allie Linder 6-2
Men’s Singles: Leo Vega (USF) d. Nino Coutelle 6-4
Mixed Doubles: Nino Coutelle/Daniela Gonzalez (UM) d. Steven Pike/Annie Brey 6-5
USF-“A” in the semifinals topped the FGCU-“A” team, while UM-“A” in their semifinal defeated the Florida State University-“A” team.
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The UNF-“B” team won the Silver Bracket, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University-“B” 23-22 in the final. It has been a breakout season for the USF club tennis team, which also reached the final of its home USF Bull Run tournament in October, falling to UM in the final.
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Five schools fielding 10 teams participated in the event.
The next event on the 2017-18 Tennis on Campus schedule will be the FGCU Dirty Bird Classic in Ft. Myers on Jan. 20, 2018.
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
Feb. 17 — Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis On Campus’ Challenge, Delray Beach
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.