The United States Tennis Association (USTA) named Valley City State University as one of the top 64 co-ed intramural and sport club tennis teams that have qualified to represent colleges and universities across the country in the 2013 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship, which will be played in Surprise, Ariz., April 11-13.
Katie Paulson and Kurt Brown are the co-captains for the 13-member VCSU team, in existence since 2004 and competing at nationals for the first time.
The expense to travel to nationals is a big one, but the club was able to raise the money by selling ButterBraid pastries, cookies at basketball games and tennis club apparel.
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country.
This year, seven schools will make their debut at Nationals in a field that also includes defending champion University of Californiaâ€“Berkeley and five-time national champion Texas A&M (which won titles in 2002 and 2004-2007). All teams participating in the Tennis On Campus National Championship have advanced through USTA section championship play.
Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play, and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.
Visit the Tennis On Campus website at www.tennisoncampus.com
for complete results, stories and photos. The Tennis On Campus website also offers all college clubs fundraising resources, coaching tips and marketing materials.