March 2013 College Tennis News & Events
College tennis is a growing phenomenon in the United States and is attracting tens of thousands of participants, all eager to become a world superstar. Proof of its popularity can be witnessed through the success of College Tennis Online, a website dedicated to the sport which attracts an estimated 3.5 million views per month. Events in college tennis come thick and fast and we look to bring you the latest news from the circuit.
Preview of Upcoming Matches
College tennis is similar to college football in that there are hundreds of colleges taking part all over the country in several different divisions while the most successful colleges are ranked in the top 25. This week, there are four intriguing matchups in prospect between 8 of the nation’s top 40 ranked colleges (current ranking in brackets):
- Illinois (17) at Notre Dame (29) – This promises to be a close match and don’t be surprised if Notre Dame pull off the upset at home.
- VCU (28) at Duke (4) – Expect Duke to win this one easily.
- VCU (28) at North Carolina (37) – Fatigue could be a factor as VCU have to play twice in 24 hours. However, this is a road trip they can win.
- Michigan (21) at Pepperdine (5) – One would expect Pepperdine to come out on top but Michigan can make it tough.
The National Women’s Team Indoor Championships in ITA Division III were held in Greencastle, Indiana recently. In a dramatic finale, Johns Hopkins defeated Carnegie 5-4 to complete a great weekend for the team that defeated the hosts DePauw University and #1 seed Chicago on their way to the title. The majority of the matches were closely contested between two sides that tend to play one another at least twice a season. Their familiarity probably helps explain the close nature of their match.
On the weekend of 1 March 2013, there were a number of upset results as Florida (44) surprised many people by beating Texas (15) 5-2. Drake (27) came from 3-1 down to defeat Washington (14) 4-3. Texas A&M (6) were the surprise of the weekend in the women’s college circuit by beating Florida (4) 4-3. Florida are two-time national champions and were expected to be too strong for the emerging Texan team.
The results above clearly showcase why college tennis is so popular. Spectators get professional standard tennis from college students who play for the love of the game. The quality of play is improving all the time and this leads to an element of unpredictability which makes college tennis such compulsive viewing.
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