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Player Diary from 2005 USA Team Tennis Southern Campus Championship

April 27, 2005 11:27 AM

UGA Captures 2005 Southern Team Tennis Campus Championship Title

In their third year of comission University of Georgia Club Team is proving to have their best year yet. With a number of returning players and an influx of freshman recruits, the Bulldogs have been winning matches all over the South. Most recently the UGA team won the 2005 USA Team Tennis Championship at Racquet Club of the South in Atlanta, Ga. The Bulldogs finished the tournament with 223 total games edging out Clemson (Orange) who finished with 217 total games.

"Some tournaments in the past we have played in have been organized in a way that a team can win if they have just one very strong player that beats everyone," said Mike Prindle, captain of the UGA club team. "We feel we have a very deep overall team (guys and girls), and this tournament was a chance for us to prove that. We also really appreciate all the help the USTA is providing for all club teams."

Earlier this year UGA traveled to San Diego, Ca. to compete in the Club Team National Championships where they had a tremendous showing finishing 4th out of 48 teams. They also entered two Bulldog teams into the UNC Club Team tournament held in Chapel Hill, NC. The women's team took home the title while the men's team finished in second place.

49ers Attend Regionals

UNCC completed the USA Team Tennis Southern Campus Championships with one win and five losses. Six of the team's eighteen players made the trip to Atlanta to participate in the Sectional event. Kohei Yamazaki stepped up to the challenge of playing eleven pro set matches within 24 hours. Tough and intense competition is nothing new to the Niners as this was their third competition since competing in the National tournament.

During spring break (Mar.10-12), the UNCC Tennis Club participated in the 2005 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California. The team finished 38th out of 48 teams, and competed against Florida, Rutgers, James Madison, UC-San Diego as well as the eventual tournament runner-up, Texas. It was the 49ers’ first ever appearance in the tournament, which has also been held in Austin, TX and Daytona, FL in previous years. Seven of the club’s eighteen players (4 men, 3 women) represented Charlotte at this national championship for non-varsity collegiate tennis players. A record 48 colleges from throughout the country took part in the tournament, which was sponsored by USTA, ITA and NIRSA.

The Buzz Around Town

The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets were tough competitors in the Southern Campus Championships finishing with a total of 165 games. Although the team did not have far to travel this weekend they have spent the fall and spring on the road in search of competitive tennis. They were among the few teams from the South to go to the National tournament and faced teams from Michigan, UCLA, Texas State, Delaware and Puerto Rico. The tournament in San Diego was their fourth appearance in a national tournament.

The GA Tech Tennis Club is sponsored by varsity men's head coach, Kenny Thorne, and matches are played at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The club currently has sixty active members.

Antedotes from Nationals

UGA Club Tennis Team National Championship Experience
written by Mike Prindle


I know I speak for everyone on my team when I say that we had a blast out in San Diego! I knew we were brining a solid team, but I did not expect the level of competition that we found with pretty much all of the 48 teams that were out there. We had a very tough pool to start of with, beating UNC-Willmington, Oregon, Sacramento State, and Eastern Michigan by only a couple of games each. We then played Penn State in the pool finals, the winner of which would go to the Gold Bracket and a chance at the Championship. All we needed to do was win 1 more game to force the match into overtime but unfortunately they won the game. Once in the Silver bracket, we beat California and Duke, and then lost to Michigan in the finals. It was amazing that every match we played came down to mixed doubles, and our mixed doubles play helped us come from behind and win 3 of the matches and it secured a lead in the other 3 matches. We were all very impressed at the level of structure with witch the staff ran the tournament and coordinated the matches. Everyone did a great job and it proved to be one of those college experiences that we will never forget!

49ers Club Tennis Takes 38th Place
written by Neil Gardner

During spring break (Mar.10-12), the UNCC Tennis Club participated in the 2005 USA Team Tennis National Campus Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California. The team finished 38th out of 48 teams, and competed against Florida, Rutgers, James Madison, UC-San Diego as well as the eventual tournament runner-up, Texas. It was the 49ers’ first ever appearance in the tournament, which has also been held in Austin, TX and Daytona, FL in previous years. Seven of the club’s eighteen players (4 men, 3 women) represented Charlotte at this national championship for non-varsity collegiate tennis players. A record 48 colleges from throughout the country took part in the tournament, which was sponsored by USTA, ITA and NIRSA. The exciting and popular co-ed World Team Tennis format was used. To recap the niners’ results, please visit www.tennis-group.com/Nationals.htm.

 

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