It was an all Berkeley final with the Berkeley Gold team defeating the Berkeley White team for section championship honors October 29-30 at Stanford University. UC Berkeley earns a bid to the USTA National Campus Championships April 12-14, 2012, Cary Tennis Park, Cary, North Carolina.
Other teams that will be representing the section at the National Campus Championships are UC Davis and Stanford, who finished third and fourth respectively.
The Tennis on Campus program is coed and events are played using a World Team Tennis format; a mens's singles and doubles match, a women's singles and doubles match and one mixed match. Shortened sets and no-ad scoring makes for a very fast paced tournament. Teams accrue points for each game won and are allowed on-court coaching and substitutions. All of this creates an incredibly fun, socially competitive, team event.
The USTA National Campus Championship is the pinnacle of the Tennis On Campus program. Hosted in partnership by the USTA, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), World Team Tennis (WTT), and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), this venue features 64 college and university co-ed teams competing for bragging rights and the illustrious title of National Champion. Tennis on Campus powerhouse UC Berkeley won the National Campus Championships in 2010, reaching the semifinals in 2011.
Big shout out to the team from Chico State who won the Costume Contest hands down, dressed as Ninja Turtles. Chico teammate Ben Engle won Best Individual Costume as Captain Quail Man. His photo is among the Gallery shots.
Thank you to to volunteer James Wilson who is trying to get a TOC program going at UCSF. Dick Gould and Stanford University are tremendous supporters of the USTA Tennis on Campus program and very generous to again offer the use their facility.
2011 Northern California Campus Championship Participants:
Stanford White, Captain Matt Izant
Stanford Tree, Captain Brian Peltz
Stanford Axe, Captain Akshay Gopalan
Stanford Farm, Captain Elyse Galles
Stanford Cardinal, Captain Andrew Tronson
UC Berkeley White, Captain Alex Kaiser
UC Berkeley Blue, Captain Emily Booker
UC Berkeley Gold, Captain SarahWeng
Cal State Sacramento Gold, Captain Steven Le
Cal State Sacramento Green, Captain Tyler Laursen
Cal State Sacramento Hornets, Captain Yashneel Krishna
UC Davis Sharks, Captain Keanen McCarthy
UC Davis Dragon, Captain Robert Hoile
UC Davis Ninja, Captain Colin Smith
UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruzin, Captain Michael Pang
UC Santa Cruz Slug, Captain Adam Mash
USF Dons, Captain Izzy Ignacio
Evergreen College Hawks, Captain Johnny Sendejo/Juan Castillo
St. Mary’s College, Captain Jake Hasse
Chico State, Captain Skyler Boles
Cal State East Bay, Captain Kyle Sloane