This past weekend our team competed in the USTA Tennis On Campus Nationals. This was the first time in club history that our team qualified! The tournament was held at the brand new USTA campus in Orlando, Florida with the top 64 club teams of the nation. On Thursday the team started pool play. Placed in a tough pool, Miami was placed in the Bronze bracket after beating University of Rhode Island, and losing to Gonzaga University and University of Central Florida. On Friday, bracket play began. First match was against Oregon University. After a hard fight, we lost by 1 game (21-22). The next match was against UT Austin, another difficult opponent, who barely beat us (22-25). The day ended with a loss to University of Tennesee. Last match for Miami's first time at Nationals was early Saturday morning against New Mexico and we won. For our first appearance, we ended in the Bronze bracket. Congrats and great job to the team that represented Miami well! Hopefully next year we return and improve our standing.
We would also like to thank our senior, Sydney Reichert for her years of playing and serving as President. She has done a lot for our organization and has helped the team win throughout our tournaments. We love you Syd!
Also, thank you to the photographers at the event for some of the pictures below!
We are proud to announce that for the FIRST time in Miami Club Tennis history, we will be going to NATIONALS!!
Sectionals took place this past weekend, where the top five teams earned a bid to Nationals. There were 32 teams playing for the five spots to Nationals. The team we sent was made up of Sydney Reichert, Sammud Sharma, Brett Schubert, Akhil Kanagaraj, Nayana Ravishankar, Ellen Hata, and Nick Ruth.
In the pool made up of OU, Illinois, and Wisconsin B, Miami was given the second seed. The first match in pool play was on Friday against Wisconsin and it was won pretty easily. After a very short break, OU was the next opponent and beaten again fairly easily. The team was looking in good shape. Friday night was the last pool play match and against a tough Illinois team. A well fought match, left Illinois with the win. These results placed Miami into the gold bracket for Saturday.
On Saturday bracket play began against Marquette. This match was very close, but our team was able to pull through with a victory. Next came the big match, the match that determined if Miami would go to Nationals or fall being so close to the opportunity. Toledo was a very strong opponent, keeping it close with everyone on the edge of their seats. Going into mixed, Miami was up by one game. Up 5-2 in mixed, match point came and Miami won it. Everyone was freaking out, MIAMI WAS GOING TO NATIONALS, a moment that nobody would forget! Qualifying for Nationals finally was achieved after the many years of tennis being a club sport! Saturday ended with a loss to Wisconsin A, who ended finishing second overall. On Sunday the final match was for 3rd or 4th place, a rematch against Illinois. It was close, but after a good fight, Miami earned 4th place.
Overall it was an AMAZING weekend! Miami finished in the top 4 along with Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The team also won $500 to help fund the trip to Nationals!
The team is so excited to travel to Orlando April 13-15. They will represent Miami well in our FIRST ever trip to Nationals. If you see any of the team tell them congrats on making Club Tennis history, and wish them luck in Nationals!
This past weekend the team traveled to Ohio State University to reclaim the OSU Open title and get play in before Sectionals. Out of 8 teams including Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio University and Dayton, Miami came out on top. The group who helped achieve this victory was Sydney Reichert, Gabby Verdin, Haley Thoresen, Sammud Sharma, Akhil Kanagaraj, Brett Schubert, and Nick Ruth.
Play began on Saturday with a win against OSU Gray, putting the team one step closer to the finals. After a few hours of break, Notre Dame was the next opponent. With a strong team Miami was able to win the match that was completed on Sunday. This put us into the finals against OSU Scarlet, their A team. With strong play by all of Miami, we won the match 28-22.
For the second time in the season, we were able to take home the OSU Open trophy to add to the collection. Great job by all players!
This past weekend the team traveled to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to compete in the Illini Invite. Our team consisted of Sydney Reichert, Gabby Verdin, Ellen Hata, Sam Sharma, Akhil Kanagaraj, Nick Ruth, and Noah Fox. There were a total of 16 teams at the tournament. Each pool consisted of 4 teams. Our pool was consisted of us, Iowa State, Wash U, and Michigan State. Pool play began Friday night and continued into Saturday. The team played well and defeated all of the teams in the pool to give us a top seed in the gold bracket. On Sunday bracket play began and Miami played UC. After a hard fought match, we lost in a tiebreaker. The team then went into the backdraw, and beat Ohio State to earn 5th place in the tournament. The team looks forward to the next tournament in Michigan, to hopefully bring back the title!
This past weekend the team traveled to Ohio State University to compete in the first tournament of the year. The following members went to OSU to represent Miami: Sydney Reichert, Gabby Verdin, Sam Sharma, Akhil Kanagaraj, Nick Ruth, Brett Schubert, Haley Thoresen, and Ally Bucher. The team arrived in Columbus Friday night and settled in the hotel to be well-rested for the next day.
On Saturday, pool play began indoors at the Jesse Owens Tennis Center. Pool B consisted of Miami University, Ohio State University (Scarlet), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Cincinnati. The first opponent was University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Due to it being the first match of the season, the team started off slow and lost a close match to the panthers. There was no time to think about the loss though because a tough OSU team was the next opponent. There was no fooling around in this match, with both doubles and men's singles winning their matches. Up by eleven games going into mixed, Miami saw the win at their fingertips, but a strong mixed OSU team stood in their way. Miami lost the mixed doubles set, but stopped the rally to win the whole match. Miami beat the OSU A team by 7 games! This concluded day one of play, and put the team in a good position to compete for first place.
On Sunday, the pool play finished with Miami playing University of Cincinnati. Just like the OSU match, Miami won both doubles and men's singles. The team was up going into mixed doubles. Mixed was victorious, putting Miami into the finals! The finals was against school rival, Ohio University. Similar to past matches, the team played well during doubles and singles, giving them the lead going into mixed doubles. OU came out wanting to creep back up in the score and won the set. With a rain cloud in the distance, the team knew they needed to win quickly to get that first place spot. A light rain began, but nothing could get in the way of going home with the trophy. Mixed doubles held their serve to give Miami their first tournament win of the season!
The Ohio State Open is just the beginning for this club team. With a first place finish at the first tournament of the year, the future is looking bright! Next weekend the team will be traveling to the Illini Invite to hopefully continue playing well, and maybe bring home another trophy. Wish them luck!
The old courts behind Hepburn have been torn down, and the university has built brand new courts behind Yager, the football stadium! With new courts though there are stricter rules. Proper non-marking tennis shoes are required to play on these new courts. Our practices are now being monitored by a university supervisor, so those without appropriate shoes will not be permitted on the courts.
From today's practice, there were black marks on a couple of the courts. Due to the marks that were made at practice, we will now be checking all shoes before allowing people to play on the courts. This is inconvenient but we cannot keep marking up the brand new courts because we will not be allowed use them if it continues. If you have any questions about if your shoes are tennis shoes please contact an officer.