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USTA Campus Championships Come to a Close in Cary, NC

April 29, 2007 09:18 AM
The USTA announced that Texas A&M has won the title at the 2007 USTA National Campus Championship presented by Tennis Warehouse, held at the Cary Tennis Park, April 26 – 28.

Texas A&M won the title by defeating Virginia in the Championship match. Earlier in the day they defeated Florida in the semifinals. Texas A&M made it this far by winning their pool play on Thursday, and winning their round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches on Friday. In the consolation match, Florida defeated Penn State.

The title is the Texas A&M tennis club's fourth straight and fifth in six years. Texas A&M also beat Virginia in last year's final and in the 2004 final. Texas A&M has now won 29 straight matches at this event over the past four years and has reached the last six finals.

“We really came together when we needed to. Everyone played great and we got it done,” said Matt Sumrall. “Each year continues to get harder. The competition keeps getting better. It feels amazing to win each time.”

This also marks the third time in four years that Virginia has made it to the Finals.

The USTA National Campus Championship is the culmination of the Tennis On Campus season and features 64 club and intramural teams from colleges and universities throughout the country. The Tennis On Campus program features co-ed teams, playing in the World TeamTennis format. Over 400 colleges and 25,000 students currently participate in the program.

The tournament is administered in partnership by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and World TeamTennis (WTT). This partnership has not only resulted in record participation at this championship, but in growing interest and participation in club and intramural tennis on college campuses throughout the country. Many of the 64 participating programs were established in the last eight years and represent well over 4,000 additional players at their respective campuses.

As part of the Tennis On Campus season, all 17 USTA Sections hold Championships, with the winner of each receiving an automatic bid to the 2007 USTA Campus National Championship.

The inaugural USTA National Campus Championship, held in 2000, featured a total of 10 teams. Participation records have been set at each of the seven ensuing championships. Past championships have been held in Austin, Texas; Daytona Beach, Fla.; and San Diego, Calif.




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