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Play Begins at 2003 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships

March 28, 2003 08:46 AM

Defending champion Texas A&M highlighted opening round pool play Thursday with a pair of victories at the 2003 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships at the Florida Tennis Center.

Thursday's schedule was cut short due to rain, but pool play will resume Friday at 8 a.m. ET. 2002 champ Texas A&M went 2-0 to open the tournament, beating Pennsylvania and Central Florida. North Carolina, which won this tournament in 2000 and 2001, also went 2-0.

NC State at USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships
This year's list of participants include seven schools from the USTA Southern Section, including Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UNC-Wilmington.

This unique event, which concludes Saturday, features non-varsity and club teams from colleges and universities from across the country. The 40 teams from 28 schools is a tournament high (up from 20 a year ago). The total list of participants include: Central Florida, Clemson, Colorado, Cornell, Delaware, Flagler, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, James Madison, Johns Hopkins, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio University, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Univ. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Rollins, Southwest Texas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Florida and Western Washington.

The tournament is administered by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Four years ago the ITA, USTA, and NIRSA 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 one of the major parts to this effort.

The first two days of the tournament consist of pool play. The finals take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. The team format is co-ed, using the World TeamTennis format of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles (and cumulative scoring).

Standings after Thursday's matches:
Pool A - 1. North Carolina, 2-0; T2. Cornell, 1-1; T2. Southwest Texas St., 1-1; T4. Johns Hopkins (B), 0-1; T4. Colorado (B), 0-1.
Pool B - T1. Virginia (A), 2-0; T1. Central Florida (B), 1-0; T1. Delaware (A), 1-0; T4. Colorado (A), 0-2; T4. Johns Hopkins (A), 0-2.
Pool C - T1. Clemson, 2-0; T1. Penn State (B), 1-0; 3. Texas Tech, 1-1; T4. James Madison (B), 0-1; T4. Rollins, 0-2.
Pool D - T1. Florida (A), 2-0; T1. Western Washington (A), 2-0; T3. UNC-Wilmington, 0-1; T3. Michigan (B), 0-1; T3. Flagler, 0-2.
Pool E - T1. Texas A&M, 2-0; T1. Kentucky, 1-0; 3. Pennsylvania, 1-1; T4. Virginia (B), 0-1; T4. Central Florida (A), 0-2.
Pool F - T1. Ohio, 2-0; T1. West Florida, 2-0; T3. Delaware (B), 0-1; T3. Florida (C), 0-1; T3. James Madison (A), 0-2.
Pool G - T1. Florida (B), 1-0; T1. Puerto Rico-Mayago, 1-0; T1. Michigan (A), 1-0; T3. Virginia Tech, 0-1; T3. Georgia, 0-2.
Pool H - T1. NC State, 1-0; T1. Western Washington (B), 1-0, T1. Penn State (A), 1-0; T3. Florida (D), 0-1; T3. Georgia Tech, 0-2.



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