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Minnesota Wins 10th Consecutive TOC Championship

February 21, 2013 02:14 PM
2013 TOC Section Participants
Minnesota B upset Minnesota A to win the 2013 USTA Northern Tennis on Campus title.
Carelton's Dhilham Marasinghe won the Men's Sportsmanship Award

2013 Final USTA Northern Tennis on Campus Results

 
Minnesota B upset Minnesota A 22-21 in the finals of the 2013 USTA Northern Tennis on Campus Section Championships at Life Time Fitness - Lakeville in Lakeville, Minn. With the win, Minnesota won its 10th straight Tennis on Campus Section title and remains the only school in USTA Northern history to win the TOC crown. Minnesota also earned an automatic bid to the 2013 Tennis on Campus National Championships April 11-13 in Surprise, Ariz.
 
In the championship match, Minnesota A led 9-7 after men's and women's doubles. The A team extended its lead to 15-10 after women's singles as Amanda Hiatt defeated Allison Malmsten 6-3. In men's singles, Minnesota B cut A's team to 18-16 after Omar Shahed beat Jeff Adolf 6-3. In the deciding mixed doubles match, Minnesota B's Jackson Farley and Jessie Edwards beat Katie Mattson and Sean Hong 6-3 to claim the team title 22-21.
 
USTA Northern had four teams qualify for the National Championships - a first in Section history. Minnesota will be joined in Arizona by North Dakota State, who earned an automatic bid after winning the 2013 USTA Tennis On Campus Club of the Year Award. Valley City State qualified for its first ever Nationals by finishing second in the Fall Championships Series to NDSU, while first-year program South Dakota State, with only five players, earned the fourth bid by defeating Carleton A in the consolation finals 23-18. Only one team from each school can qualify for Nationals.
 
For SDSU, it was redemption of sorts. SDSU had a chance to earn the fourth bid earlier in the day, but fell short in the opening round of bracket play. After finishing tied with Minnesota C after the mixed doubles, SDSU lost a match-deciding super tiebreaker to the Gophers 7-4, and it appeared the National bid had slipped through SDSU's strings. SDSU took advantage of its second chance and defeated Winona State and Carleton A to seize the fourth bid.
 
Against Carleton in the consolation finals, it was not looking good after the doubles as SDSU trailed 12-5, but it rallied to win both singles and the mixed doubles match by identical 6-2 tallies, earning the team win 23-18.
 
Minnesota C won the Silver Flight.
 
For complete results of Sunday's bracket play, click here.
 
South Dakota State and Gustavus Adolphus also claimed the Team Sportsmanship Awards, while Carleton senior Dhilham Marasinghe and Valley City State senior Katie Paulson won the men's and women's Sportsmanship Awards, respectively.
 

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2013 USTA Northern Tennis On Campus Section Championships - Day 1 Results

Minnesota A earned the top seed entering bracket play after day one of the 2013 USTA Northern Tennis on Campus Section Championships. Bracket play continues Sunday starting at 8 a.m. at Life Time Fitness – Lakeville in Lakeville, Minn. Admission is free.

 
Minnesota A, who has won the past nine USTA Northern Tennis on Campus Championships, took Pool 1, winning 89.55 percent of the games. Minnesota B earned the second seed, winning Pool 3 with 78.38 percent of games won, followed by Minnesota D, who won Pool 4 with 65.60 percent and North Dakota State, who claimed Pool 2 with 65.06 percent. Other teams who advanced to the Gold bracket and still have a chance to win the Section title are Carleton A, Winona State, South Dakota State and North Dakota A.
 
For complete results of Saturday’s matches, click here.
 
The top two unique schools receive bids to the 2013 Tennis On Campus National Championships April 11-13 in Surprise, Ariz. North Dakota State and Valley City State have already received bids to the National Championships as NDSU, who will be making their sixth appearance at Nationals, was named the 2013 Tennis on Campus National Club of the Year and with that honor received an automatic invitation, while Valley City State finished second in the Fall Campus Championship Series behind NDSU, thus earning a bid.
 
Minnesota C, North Dakota B, Gustavus, Valley City and Carleton B advanced to the silver flight. Here are the opening round matches for Sunday morning.
 
For Sunday’s Bracket play, click here.
 
Gold Bracket Match-Ups
UMN A vs. UND A
Carleton A vs. NDSU
UMN D vs. SDSU
Winona St. vs. UMN B
 
Silver Bracket Match-Ups
UMN C vs. BYE
UND B vs. Gustavus
VCSU vs. Carleton B
 
For photos and other information about the Championships, like the USTA Northern Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ustanorthern.
 
 
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2013 USTA Northern Tennis On Campus Preview

Thirteen teams and eight unique schools will participate in the 2013 USTA Northern Tennis on Campus Section Championships February 23-24 at Life Time Fitness – Lakeville in Lakeville, Minn. Schools competing this weekend include: Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus, University of Minnesota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Valley City State and Winona State.

Play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and continues with round robin play throughout the day. On Sunday, the teams will be placed into brackets based on Saturday’s round-robin results.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Minnesota is the only team that has ever won a USTA Northern Tennis On Campus Section Championship and will be looking for its 10th consecutive title. North Dakota State, who won the Fall Campus Championship Series and defeated Minnesota in head-to-head competition in October, is looking to end that streak and has already qualified for its sixth straight Tennis On Campus National Championship by winning the USTA National Club of the Year Award. Valley City State has also earned a bid to the national tournament by placing second in the Fall Campus Championship Series. There are two other national bids available this weekend as well.

North Dakota State Named Tennis On Campus National Club of the Year

For results, videos and photos from the weekend, check back here or "like" the USTA Northern Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ustanorthern.

 

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