Friendships And Drama Close Out TOC Season
“Sectionals is the greatest bonding experience for us,” Rohan Lageweg, the UC Berkeley Gold captain said enthusiastically. On a sunny and warm weekend, 24 teams and 200 students gathered at Stanford University to compete in the Tennis on Campus Sectional Championship. This event, held at the Stanford Taube Stadium, determined who would be representing NorCal at the 2018-2019 National Championships in Surprise, AZ, in April, 2019.
Even though the competition was fierce with teams such as Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, Santa Clara among others, there was plenty of team spirit and camaraderie between the teams. “UC Berkeley Gold struck up a friendship with Santa Clara,” Rohan explained. “In general, the sportsmanship was great, Sectionals is a chance for us to build friendships and meet new people, so we always have a great time.”
At the end of the two days, UC Berkeley Gold matched up against UC Berkeley Blue in the championship match. It was a very close match that came down to the mixed doubles match that UC Berkeley Gold won 6-5, for a final score of 20-18. As NorCal earns two spots in the National Championship, Stanford, who finished third overall, will also be representing NorCal in Surprise, AZ. Rohan, who was part of the national team two years ago, will now head back as the captain. “As a player you want to make sure you play good tennis, but as a captain, you want to make sure everyone plays good tennis. I also want to make sure we’re well prepared and that people are comfortable playing with each other.” In addition, NorCal would like to recognize these team who took special honors: UC Davis, St. Mary’s, and first time participating school University of Nevada - Reno.
We would like to congratulate all the teams on a fantastic TOC season and for making this event so successful. Go NorCal! See you all back next year. To learn more about TOC, click here.