Seven Southern Universities to Compete at Upcoming USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships

February 11, 2005 11:45 AM

A record 48 teams from schools across the country, including Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina - Charlotte and University of North Carolina - Wilmingtgon, will be competing at the 2005 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championship, March 10-12 at the George E. Barnes Public Tennis Center in San Diego.

This unique event, which has been growing steadily since its debut in 2000, offers a national championship title for coed, non-varsity club and intramural tennis teams from colleges and universities across the country. The tournament is administered in partnership by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

This year's championship will feature a record 48 teams from as many as 47 different schools, shattering the record of 33 participating schools in 2004.

"This event has catapulted recreational tennis interest on college campuses nationwide" says Glenn Arrington, USTA Product Manager for Collegiate Tennis. "By combining the exciting World TeamTennis format with celebrity guest appearances, player socials, and equipment giveaways, we have created an "experience" these college players will not soon forget".

Highlighting this year's championship event will be tennis personality Luke Jensen. Jensen, a regular on ESPN and FOX network tennis broadcasts, has long been known for his energetic and exciting "rock-n-roll-meets-tennis" approach to the court. As a player, Luke and his brother Murphy captured the 1993 French Open doubles title and he earned ITA All-American honors during his college days at Southern California. Jensen was known as "Dual Hand Luke" during his playing days because of his ability to play competitively with both hands. He'll be on hand as a guest emcee for the Saturday, March 12 championship match and the player's awards party.

In addition to the seven Southern universities listed above, other schools participating include: University of California, University of Central Florida, Central Michigan University, Clemson University, College of New Jersey, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Cornell University, University of Delaware, University of Florida, Florida International University, Harvard University, James Madison University, Lehigh University, Miami University (Ohio), University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ohio University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Sacramento State, Sam Houston State, Seattle University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas State University-San Marcos, UCLA (which is fielding two teams), UC-San Diego, University of Massachusetts, Villanova University, University of Virginia, Western Washington University and as many as three more schools to be added after their USTA Sectional Championships.

Defending Champion Texas A&M beat Virginia in last year's final, held in Daytona Beach, Fla., to capture its second title in three years.

Seven years ago the USTA, NIRSA and ITA formed a partnership to foster increased interest and participation in the sport of tennis throughout the college and university campus community and this national tournament is a major part of this effort. Participation at the USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships has improved every year, spawning qualifying events called USA Team Tennis Section Campus Championships in 8 of the USTA's sections.

 

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