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USTA/Midwest Section Campus Championship

March 7, 2006 03:00 AM



(College teams will battle for title and chance to advance to national championship)

Indianapolis, In. - - College teams from around the Midwest will vye for the championship title as the Fifth Annual USTA/Midwest Section Campus Championship heads to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wi., from March 10-12.

This unique event features non-varsity and club teams from colleges and universities across the section.  Teams competing in this championship participated in the USTA/Midwest Section Conference League during the fall and spring semesters.  These teams traveled to play matches at different colleges around the USTA/Midwest Section - a 'road trip' redefined.  The 2005 defending championship team from the University of Wisconsin returns in search of a second straight title.

The following schools are competing for this year's title: University of Illinois from Champaign, Il.; Ohio University from Athens, Oh.; University of Michigan (two teams) from Ann Arbor, Mi.; Miami University (two teams) from Oxford, Oh.; Ohio State University from Columbus, Oh.; University of Wisconsin (two teams) from Madison, Wi.; Central Michigan University from Mount Pleasant, Mi.; and Northwestern University from Evanston, Il.

The first two days of the tournament will consist of pool play.  The finals take place on Sunday, March 12.  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.    

"This year's sectional championship brings some exciting tennis to Madison," stated USTA/Midwest Section Collegiate Coordinator Steve Wise.  "The Midwest conference league and this weekend's culminating championship is a great way for these players to continue playing the sport for a lifetime in college."

Eight 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 tournament is one of the major parts to this effort.
Team photos of all participating schools competing this weekend are available on request.  The winning and runner-up teams from this weekend's sectional championship will receive a stipend to represent the association at the USTA National Campus Championship from April 20-22, 2006, in Austin, Tx.  Last year, the winning University of Wisconsin squad and runner-up University of Michigan team received a stipend to represent the USTA/Midwest Section at the 2005 national championship.

The USTA/Midwest Section exceeds more than 77,000 individual members and 800 member organizations.  It is the second largest section of the United States Tennis Association, the National Governing Body for tennis in the U.S.  The USTA/Midwest Section is composed of 14 districts in five states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as several counties in West Virginia and Kentucky. The USTA/Midwest Section offers recreational and competitive tennis for individuals of all ages and abilities.  For more information, visit the USTA/Midwest Section at www.midwest.usta.com

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Contact: Kathy Dalla Costa, 317-577-5130 ext. 224, or kathy@midwest.usta.com