TENNIS ON CAMPUS
USTA Northern | April 16, 2018
The University of Minnesota placed in the Top 32 and Carleton College in the Top 48 at the 2018 Tennis On Campus National Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Also at the championships, Valley City State in Valley City, N.D., was announced as the 2018 Tennis on Campus National Club of the Year.
Minnesota finished second in Pool G. The Gophers, who finished fourth at this same event in 2017, defeated Duke 24-17 and Dartmouth 24-13 to open the tournament, but then lost to Washington 26-21 and was delegated to the Silver Bracket. Minnesota lost to San Diego State 26-18, before rebounding to beat Colorado 29-17. Minnesota then lost a tough one to Georgia Tech 26-19 and to Texas A&M 22-21.
Carleton was third in pool play with a 1-2 record, falling to North Carolina State and Florida 30-6 and handling Kent State 27-22.
In the Bronze Bracket, the Knights lost to New Mexico 30-8 and to Georgetown 26-9, before taking out Colorado State 23-19. Carleton lost to Columbia in their final match 30-11.
For being named Club of the Year, Valley City State will be honored at the 2018 USTA National Semiannual Meeting as part of the 2018 US Open in New York City. The club receives four round-trip expenses (airfare and hotel) to New York, as well as four tickets to a session of the US Open. In addition, Valley City State earned paid entry to the Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational in 2018.
"I am incredibly proud of this team," coach Erik Kringlie said. "They work hard in practice, in matches, and most importantly, off the court to not only improve the team but have a positive effect on their university and their community."
Established in 2004, Valley City State boasted its second-largest team ever with 14 players and raised over $5,000 this season. Playing in all five TOC USTA Northern events offered this year, the team finished with a program high 17-6 regular-season record. The Vikings took home the Silver Bracket title at the 2018 USTA Northern Section Championships.
For the ninth year, the team played host to the Viking Invitational in September and then co-hosted the first-ever Tennis On Campus Northern Border Battle in January which saw teams from North Dakota and Minnesota faceoff against each other for bragging rights. North Dakota won the inaugural tournament.
Off the court, the team is making a huge impact in the community as it works with the university, schools, the Valley City Tennis Association (VCTA) and the local park and rec. The club hosts an annual campus tennis tournament for players and non-players creating a connection with students, campus staff and faculty. They also partner with the VCTA to coach a USTA World Team Tennis team, serve as court monitors during the Valley City Junior Level 6 tournament, provide volunteers to help run a Tennis Block Party for the community each May and assist with high school drill nights in the summer and during the season. Club president Paige Fettig serves on the Valley City Tennis Association Board of Directors, and this summer, Fettig and her teammates participated in the Valley City Summer Adult League.
The team also partnered with the VCTA to collect gently-used racquets and equipment in supporting USTA Northern’s Play it Forward campaign and donated $400 to the Valley City Park and Recreation summer tennis program.
“VCSU is one of the premier programs in our Section,” USTA Northern Director of Junior Teams Brandon Jackson said. “Not only have they hosted two events on top of traveling to every series event, but they also helped mentor a new program and volunteered with countless opportunities in their community. VCSU is a club and community that more people should look to use as a model for building future programs.”
Valley City becomes the third team from USTA Northern to win the national Tennis On Campus Club of the Year Award. The University of Minnesota and North Dakota State also have received the honor.