For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Viking Club Tennis team has qualified for the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Tennis-On-Campus National Tournament in Surprise, Arizona. The team will travel to Arizona in April to compete against some of the top club teams in the nation including past national champions: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Duke, and Texas A&M. The Club Team will be fund raising over the next month to help cover the cost of travel and lodging in Arizona. VCSU is a part of the USTA's Northern section which has 12 unique schools competing for three national bids each year, the other two bids went to the University of Minnesota Gophers and the SDSU Jackrabbits. NDSU also received a national bid this year for winning the National Club of the Year award.
The team has worked hard all year finishing 2nd in the fall tournament standing and traveling to tournaments in Wisconsin, Minnesota and hosting their own home USTA tournament as well. This year also saw the club team grow from 12 team members at the end of the 2012 spring semester to 15 this year.
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The Viking Club Tennis team also just returned from the USTA Sectional Championship where they lost to the U of M Gophers in the Silver Bracket finals 27-11. This weekend also saw VCSU receive its 3rd sportsmanship award out of the last four years for the hard work of team captain Katie Paulson.
Team members pictured holding their national qualifying badges are (L to R) Josh Gilbertson (So), Erika Lutjens(So), Katie Paulson (Sr), Kayla Geske (Sr), Alex Conlon (Fr), Kurt Brown (So), Tanner Beauchman (Grad.St.).