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By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
 
Sixty-four schools make the trek to Surprise, Ariz. Three action-packed days await them, and at the end, one will realize a goal built upon a year’s worth of team unity and hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles of travel.
 
It’s that time of season once again, where the best college club tennis squads unite to “get some love” at the 2014 Tennis On Campus National Championship, beginning Thursday, April 10, at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center in Surprise, Ariz.
 
“We are excited to announce the field for the 2014 Tennis On Campus National Championship – the most exciting recreational college tennis event in the country,” said Glenn Arrington, National Manager, USTA Tennis On Campus. “The event provides a well-rounded experience for our student-athletes in a social atmosphere with both competition and fun. We believe the opportunity for students to compete at Nationals is a memorable milestone in their college experience.”
 
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.
 
In the 2013 final, the University of Georgia Bulldogs captured their school's first Tennis On Campus national title, defeating archrival Florida, 26-24. The Bulldogs were the second Southeastern Conference team to bring home the nation's top prize, joining the Gators, who won a decade earlier in 2003.
 
“Winning the 2013 National Championship last year was pretty unreal and an awesome experience,” said Gordon Lucas, current Georgia captain and part of last year’s winning team. “After a fifth place finish at [USTA Southern] Sectionals, our team goal was to win our pool and have fun.
 
“It took playing some of our best tennis all year to take home the title – I think that we even shocked ourselves by winning the championship as an underdog, but we are anticipating more of a target on our backs this time.”
 
This year, four schools will make their debut at Nationals: Cal State Chico, Gonzaga, Saginaw Valley State and Yale. All participating teams have advanced through USTA section championship play and/or received automatic bids from winning at the Tennis On Campus Fall or Spring Invitationals.
 
Participating teams who have received bids for this year’s USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship include the following schools:
Arizona
Elon
North Dakota
Texas - Austin
Arizona State
Ferris State***
North Texas
Texas - San Antonio
Auburn
Florida
Northeastern
Texas A&M
Boston College
Georgia*
Northwestern
Texas Tech
Brigham Young
Georgia Tech
Oklahoma
Villanova
California - Berkeley
Gonzaga**
Oregon
Virginia
California - Irvine
Harvard
Pennsylvania
Virginia Tech
California - San Diego
Illinois
Penn State
Washington (St. Louis)
California - Santa Barbara
Iowa
Purdue
Western Washington
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
James Madison
Rutgers
William and Mary
Cal State Chico**
Louisiana State
Saginaw Valley State**
Wisconsin
Central Florida
Marquette
South Carolina
Yale**
Colorado
Michigan
South Florida
 
Cornell
Minnesota
Southern California
 
Dartmouth
Missouri
Southern Methodist
 
Delaware
North Carolina
Stanford
 
Duke
North Carolina State
Stony Brook
 
* denotes 2013 Tennis On Campus national champion
** denotes first-time appearance at Tennis On Campus National Championship
*** denotes 2013 Tennis On Campus Club of the Year award winner
Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, Mylan 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.
 
Players and fans are encouraged to join the conversation via social media by using the hashtag: #TOCNationals 
 
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