The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the 32 co-ed intramural and club tennis teams representing colleges and universities around the country that will compete at the third annual USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational, taking place at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Oct. 19-21. The winner and runner-up from the tournament will receive an automatic bid to compete for the national title at the 2013 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Surprise, Ariz., April 11-13, 2013.
2012 Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational List of Participating Schools Include:
**Denotes schools with two teams (Team A and Team B)
**Old Dominion University
University of Alabama
**College of Charleston
**University of Central Florida
**Colorado School of Mines
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
**East Tennessee State University
University of Kentucky
**Ferris State University
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Georgia Institute of Technology
**University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Macon State College
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
North Carolina State University
University of Tennessee
Ohio State University
University of Virginia
This event marks the third consecutive year that the USTA Tennis On Campus program has hosted a season-opening event. The event is designed to give students a chance to compete against club teams from other colleges to maximize their playing experience, as well as provide an opportunity to claim an automatic bid into the Tennis on Campus National Championship. During the Fall Invitational, students not only will have an opportunity to socialize with other teams, but network with representatives from both the Tennis Industry Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, to learn about career opportunities in tennis. Following the tournament, schools continue to compete around the country on a sectional level, within the USTA’s 17 sections.
"The annual Fall Invitational is a great way for the USTA to help these intramural tennis club programs kick off what has always turned out to be a great Tennis On Campus season,’ said Glenn Arrington, National Manager, USTA Tennis On Campus. "We are looking forward to these programs interacting with each other in a fun and competitive atmosphere throughout the tournament weekend. As the Tennis On Campus program grows and expands, so has this event, building tremendous momentum to an exciting season each year."
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in co-ed intramural club play. Developed by the USTA in partnership with the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the 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 sectional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today has programs on more than 600 college campuses across the country.