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University of Wisconsin advances to USTA National Campus Tennis Championship

February 27, 2008 05:59 PM

Coed Teams from University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University Advance in Dramatic Fashion to the 2008 USTA National Campus Championship, April 17-19 in Cary, North Carolina

MADISON, WI  February 22-25, 2008– The University of Wisconsin team captured the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Campus Championship Midwest Championship Title this past weekend at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium earning an automatic birth into the National Championship to be held in Cary, North Carolina in April.

The USTA Campus Championships are the culmination of the Tennis On Campus season which features co-ed teams participating in intramural and intercollegiate (sport club) play on nearly 500 colleges and universities nationwide.  The Tennis On Campus program was designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking and rivaled competition, without the rigors of a varsity program.  Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers match play, regional and national championship possibilities while helping students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.

The University of Wisconsin beat Northwestern University 30-10 in the finals. Northwestern University beat the University of Michigan 24-22 to advance to the finals.  The University of Wisconsin beat the University of Illinois 21-19 to advance to the finals.  This was a close match that had everyone on the edge of their seat!  Illinois had another close match for 3rd place against the University of Michigan. And lost in a Supertiebreaker!   The final score was 23-22. 

As the Midwest Section Champions, the Wisconsin team, along with the Northwestern, Michigan and Illinois teams will advance to the USTA National Campus Championship, to be held April 17-19, 2008 in Cary, North Carolina.  These four teams will receive stipends from the USTA/Midwest Section to attend the National event. The four teams will be joined by 37 other USTA Campus Championship place-winners, as well as 25 other teams entering the tournament through an at-large selection process.  UW-Milwaukee is one of those teams and they received the Team Sportsmanship award.  They will receive a stipend to help offset their expenses.

“The USTA/Midwest Section is very proud of all the teams that came out to participate this weekend,” said Steve Wise, Collegiate Coordinator.  They are a great bunch of players and I had as much fun as they did.  On Friday night of the event they presented me with an award of appreciation from all the Midwest teams.  This definitely caught me off guard.  I was ready to run a weekend tournament and present awards, not receive one! “

This year’s 7th annual USTA Campus Championship-Midwest  drew 27 teams from 21 colleges and universities:

Eastern Michigan University
Bowling Green State University
Central Michigan University
Butler University
Miami University
Marquette University A B
Ohio State University A B
Indiana University
University of Michigan A B
Ferris State University
Northwestern University
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
University of Illinois
Michigan State University A B
UW-Milwaukee Club Tennis
Ohio University Club Tennis
University of Wisconsin  A B
Xavier University
Loyola University
Purdue University
Grand Valley State University  A B
 
Over 200 students participated. 

With approximately 350,000 students playing high school tennis nationwide and only 6% of those having an opportunity to play college varsity tennis, the USTA Tennis On Campus program fills a tremendous void in organized tennis play on campuses around the country.

The USTA Campus Championship Midwest is administered by the United States Tennis Association (USTA); United States Tennis Association/Midwest Section (USTA/Midwest); and World Team Tennis (WTT). This partnership has not only resulted in record participation at section championships, but also in growing interest and participation in club and intramural tennis on college campuses throughout the Midwest. 

As part of the Tennis On Campus season, all 17 USTA  sections hold championships, with the winner and second place finisher of each receiving an automatic bid to the 2008 USTA National Campus Championship.  The inaugural USTA National Campus Championship, held in 2000, featured a total of 10 teams, while the 2007 championship capped out at 64 teams.

About the USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open.  A not-for-profit organization with 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.  In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games.  For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

K-3 Tennis is the Official Ball of the USTA?Midwest Section Tennis on Campus program and Chipotle Mexican Grill helped sponsor the Championship for the USTA/Midwest Section.

USTA/Midwest Section, located in Indianapolis, IN, is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization with over 82,000 members and approximately 1000 organization members throughout the Midwest. USTA/Midwest Section is one of the 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association. For more information on USTA/Midwest Section, log on to www.midwest.usta.com.

You can also check out the USTA/Midwest Section Tennis On Campus page for complete results, stories and photos from the USTA Campus Championship Midwest:   www.midwest.usta.com.

For more information on the USTA Tennis On Campus program or the USTA National Campus Championship logo on to:  www.tennisoncampus.com


Contact:

The Sherry Group – (973) 984-3000
Kyle Kuhnel – Ext 120, kkuhnel@sherryllc.com
Jen Voss – Ext 124, jvoss@sherryllc.com
Mike Gugliociello – Ext 122, mgugliociello@sherryllc.com

 

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