University of Virginia captures 2023 Tennis On Campus national championship

April 24, 2023

For the first time in the more than 20-year history of the USTA's Tennis On Campus program, the University of Virginia has been crowned national champions after beating Cal Poly 22-20 earlier this month at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.


The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 14,000 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 400 college campuses. 


The national championship is decided in true team fashion, with the winner being the team that claims the most total games across five sets of competition: men's and women's singles, and men's, women's and mixed doubles. 

Virginia’s path to victory included pool victories over Dartmouth, Texas A&M and Michigan. In the knockout round, the Cavaliers beat 2021 runner-up UC Berkeley, followed by Northwestern and Notre Dame en route to the finals. Meanwhile, Cal Poly earned wins over Ohio State, Yale and Columbia in pool play followed by victories over Stanford, Washington and Minnesota in the knockout bracket.


In the championship, the Cavaliers' Miriam Moghtader and Sam Diveley teamed for a 6-2 win over Sofia Barale and Ryan Hahn in mixed doubles to clinch the title.


Entering the final set, Virginia trailed 18-16 in the overall score after the two teams split the first four sets. Virginia won women's doubles and men's singles, while Cal Poly won men's doubles and women's singles.

Also recognized at this year’s event were the annual winners of TOC Club of the Year and TOC Leader of the Year. Baylor, which competed in Surprise and won its group to advance to the Gold Bracket, was named the Club of the Year, while Delaware’s Josh Patent was named Leader of the Year.  


Baylor has quadrupled its club membership over the past three seasons led by team president Julia Landivar. On the court, the team had its most successful season as it won the USTA Texas Section Championships, defeating traditional powerhouses Texas and Texas A&M. Locally, the club partners with Baylor’s varsity tennis programs to hold youth tennis clinics and a number of team members volunteered at the USTA Pro Circuit event held on campus this spring. Meanwhile, Patent's accomplishments as Delaware's club president included a semiannual charity tournament that doubled in size since he took over as team president, as well as bringing the first-ever club tennis tournament to the Delaware campus this spring. 


Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA and Impact Team Tennis, 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 can maintain active and healthy lifestyles throughout their college years.

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