2016 TOC Sectional Championships
NorCal Staff | December 15, 2016
The UC Berkeley Golden Bears continued their NorCal domination after winning the 2016 Tennis On Campus Sectional Championships in Stanford, CA, November 12-13. They will have a chance to regain the national championship title early next year.
This is Berkeley’s sixth-straight Sectional title, which was secured over UC Davis in a close final. “Cal Berkeley won a very tight contest against UC Davis 26-23. It was a nail biter to the very end,” Tournament Director Dedee Winfield said.
Stanford placed third and UC Santa Cruz came in fourth. Berkeley and UC Davis will represent Northern California at the Tennis On Campus National Championship in Orlando, FL, April 13-15, 2017. Also playing in the championship were St. Mary’s College, Santa Clara Univerity, UC San Francisco, Sacramento State and University of San Francisco.ADVERTISEMENT
The NorCal Sectional Championships hosted 24 teams that included 181 students. Tennis On Campus follows the coed World Team Tennis format, which consists of five matches, no ad scoring and cumulative scoring. Each dual entails one men’s singles and doubles match, one women’s singles and doubles match, and a mixed doubles match.
The team format brought a very friendly but competitive atmosphere to the event with all the teams cheering on each other and even families coming to support the players. “Both teams exhibited great sportsmanship and warmly congratulated each other at the end,” Winfield said.
Kelsey Chong, a junior from UC Berkeley and first time captain, emphasized to her team to enjoy the experience. “I made sure everyone was having a good time and to not put too much pressure on them. With the final being so close, the support really helped because it could have gone either way.”
UC Davis Captain Vivian Li, a senior going to her third national championship, shared that feeling and said that everyone was having a blast. “At the beginning, it was a very competitive atmosphere, but as matches went on, people relaxed and talked to each other. Stanford players even came to support us against Cal Berkeley.”
USTA Tennis On Campus is designed to provide college students with a host of opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking and unrivaled competition through tennis—without the demands of a varsity program. For more information on Tennis On Campus, including how to find a team at your college or university, visit norcal.usta.com/adults/toc.