Apr 4th, 2013 @ 3:39 pm | Author: USTA National
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 3, 2013 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced 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 team, which has been in existence since 2004, but is competing in the 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 selling 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.

“The Tennis On Campus National Championship is the most exciting and successful recreational college tennis event in the country, “said Glenn Arrington, National Manager, USTA Tennis On Campus. “The Championship offers students a well-rounded experience of competition and fun in a social atmosphere—setting it apart from varsity programs. Having the opportunity to compete at Nationals is a memorable milestone in our players’ college experience.”

This year, seven schools will make their debut at Nationals in a field that also includes defending champion University of California-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.

Participating teams who have received bids for this year’s USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship include the following schools (* denotes first-time qualifiers):

Arizona State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Florida
Auburn University
Purdue University
University of Georgia
Baylor University
Saint Louis University
University of Maryland
Boston College
* Saint Mary’s College of California
University of Michigan
Brigham Young University
* South Dakota State University
University of Minnesota
College of Charleston
Southern Methodist University
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Columbia University
Stanford University
University of Northern Colorado
Cornell University
Stony Brook University
University of Oklahoma
Dartmouth College
Texas A & M University
University of Oregon
* DePaul University
Texas State University – San Marcos
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University
Texas Tech
University of Texas San Antonio
* Emory University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
* George Washington University
Tufts University
University of Washington
Georgetown University
University of California – Berkeley
University of Wisconsin
Harvard University
University of California – Los Angeles
Utah Valley University
* Kennesaw State
University of Arizona
* Valley City State University
Lone Star College – CyFair
University of California – Davis
Villanova University
Louisiana State University
University of California – San Diego
Virginia Tech
New Mexico State University
University of California – Santa Barbara
Washington University
North Dakota State University
University of Central Florida
Western Washington University
Northwestern University
University of Cincinnati
Oakland University
University of Delaware

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.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States 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. A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s national charitable foundation, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.