Wash. U Defends Tennis On Campus Section Championship Title
It was a wonderful weekend of tennis (March 4-5) in Springfield, Mo. as 16 college club tennis teams from across USTA Missouri Valley competed at the 2023 USTA Missouri Valley Tennis On Campus Section Championship.
Teams were battling for a top-3 finish, and the opportunity to advance to next month's 2023 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship (April 6-8) at the Surprise Tennis Center in Surprise, AZ. After two full days of tennis, the three schools who earned advancement to TOC Nationals are Washington University (St. Louis), University of Iowa, and University of Kansas.
In a rematch of last year's finals, Wash U. and Iowa battled back and forth with Wash U. emerging victorious once again with a 25-23 win. On the adjacent courts, it was another rematch of last year's 3rd/4th place match between Kansas and Iowa State. This match determined the third and final team to advance to Nationals, and this year it was the Jayhawks who came out on top.
All captains and players received gifts for attending, and the 1st-5th place teams received prizes for their efforts. In addition, our USTA Missouri Valley Adult League department provided gifts for TOC players who stopped by our adult league booth to discuss 'Tennis Off Campus', and homemade cupcakes were provided to ALL players and staff by Laura and Mark Jager!
A huge THANK YOU definitely goes out to the entire staff at Cooper Tennis Complex for their assistance to make this unique event a success. Special thanks to Mallory Weber, Ben Byrd (Cooper Complex), Steve Webb, and John Xu (tournament officials) for going above & beyond, and for being such gracious hosts. Their efforts were amazing and greatly appreciated. HyVee also donated cases of water for our players. Thank you HyVee!
USTA Missouri Valley would also like to thank Elaine Wingfield (Impact Team Tennis), Valerie McCutchan (NIRSA), and Bharat Karunakaran (USTA National). Much appreciation also goes to USTA Missouri Valley staff members, Laura Jager, Alyssa Stelmach and Mark Collins during the event, as well as Victoria Moore, Manon Eilts, Marissa Brown and Mark Jager for helping to make this an amazing event. Please click here to see more photos from the event.
Good luck to our teams at Nationals!
1st Place - Washington University (St. Louis)
2nd Place - University of Iowa
3rd Place - University of Kansas
Below is a complete list of 2023 TOC Section Championship Teams (alphabetical):
University of Iowa
Iowa State University
University of Kansas
Kansas State University
University of Missouri
Missouri State University
University of Nebraska
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma State University
St. Louis University
Southern Illinois Univ. - Edwardsville
Truman State University
Washington University (STL)