Georgia Tech captured the USTA Southern Campus Championship title on Sunday at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, TN. The team beat out Club teams representing twenty-one universities and colleges throughout the Southeast and will represent the Southern Section at the USTA National Campus Championships next month.
|The Yellow Jackets beat out the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a score of 28-17 in the final. The Men’s Doubles team of Jorge Guzman and Nathan Black (Ga Tech) defeated Brett Baklon and Dustin Bates (UTCC) 6-1 while the Women’s Doubles team of Madeline Bnraby and Ashley Newton fell to Amanda Phelps and Saskia Van (UTCC) 4-6. Women’s Singles player Erica O’Neal (Ga Tech) defeated Tracey Hodges (UTCC) 6-3. Men’s Singles Player Jorge Guzman (Ga Tech) defeated Jon Brown (UTCC) 6-4 and the Mixed Doubles team of Ashley Newton and Marc Pare’ (Ga Tech) triumphed over Law Lei and Brad Bolton (UTCC) 6-3.
The University of Georgia finished in third place overall with a win over the fourth place team from the University of Alabama. The top four finishers in the USTA Southern Section Campus Championships will receive automatic bids to compete at the 2007 USTA National Campus Championships scheduled for April 26-28, 2007 in Cary, NC. Teams from University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Western Kentucky University, Clemson University, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, University of South Carolina, and North Carolina State will also receive bids into National Championship play but will go into the draw unseeded.
The playing format used for Campus Championship play was the World Team Tennis format with co-ed teams competing in Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The winner was determined by the winner of the gold division at the end of play on Sunday.
The USTA Team Tennis on College Campus program was created to increase the use of campus facilities while providing students the opportunity to socialize and exercise. Additionally, the program is dedicated to growing the game of tennis on college campuses and offers various funding and grants to support club teams in the South.
Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 170,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but plicy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.