First Day of Action takes Court at Campus Championships

February 27, 2010 04:18 PM

Southern Campus Championships Kick-off in Auburn

32 Teams take court in hopes of earning an automatic bid to the National Championships


Auburn, Ala. – USTA Southern Section Campus Championship action started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 27th at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Al. for 32 hopeful collegiate club teams. The tournament follows a World Team Tennis format with the overall number of games won determining the winners. Each match consists of women’s doubles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, men’s singles and mixed doubles. Teams are placed on eight group brackets that play out into the championship, gold, silver and bronze brackets. The eight teams advancing to the championship bracket will be playing for one of three automatic bids to the National Campus Championships in Surprise, Ariz. this April.  


With cold temperatures early in the morning, teams battled through the first round. Clemson and Emory found themselves in an early test with victories decided by two points or less in all but one of the sets. In the end, Clemson fought for the 27-26 victory to advance. Second round action saw intensity levels rise among the players with the next round leading into the championship brackets. The hosting Auburn team faced off against the North Carolina Tar Heels dropping the match, 24-26.


The defending national champions, Duke, finished on top leading into the championship bracket after victories over College of Charleston -B and Columbus State. South Carolina -A, College of Charleston -A and Georgia Tech rounded out the top four spots of that bracket. The other four teams chasing an automatic bid are Alabama, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Auburn -A.


The tournament’s first day came to an end with the first round of the championship brackets played out. Duke was stunned by the home team of Auburn, 23-14, after taking victories in women’s doubles and men’s doubles. South Carolina found itself in an overtime tie-break situation with North Carolina that led to an upsetting loss, 28-27.   College of Charleston -A upset North Carolina State by four after strong victories in women’s singles and men’s doubles. Alabama and Georgia Tech faced off in tie-breaks to decide three of the five sets with Alabama taking two of the victories to defeat the Yellow Jackets, 25-24.


The final day of action will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb 28. Finals are scheduled to take court at 12:30 p.m. The event is free for spectators.