Florida vs. Stanford Women to Kick Off Series on February 24 in Gainesville, Fla.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 18, 2013 – The USTA today announced that it will spotlight men’s and women’s college tennis with its new “College MatchDay” series beginning this season. The first College MatchDay will feature the University of Florida women hosting Stanford University on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Gainesville, Fla.
The College MatchDay series will highlight a number of premier men’s and women’s college tennis team matches each season, organizing activities and local outreach surrounding the host team’s campus. Additionally, Ken Thomas will broadcast each College MatchDay on RadioTennis.com.
College MatchDay will feature a team match every week beginning in 2013.
“There is so much great competition in college tennis, and we’re thrilled to be able to spotlight some of the game’s finest teams, players and coaches with College MatchDay,” said Virgil Christian, USTA Director, Collegiate Tennis and Market Development. “We’ve got four of America’s finest college tennis programs launching College MatchDay this season, and we’re looking forward to growing the series in the years to come.”
Florida, the two-time defending NCAA women’s team champion, is currently the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 2-ranked women’s team and features two of the ITA’s top-ranked singles players: No. 4 Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and No. 9 Sofie Oyen. Stanford, which won the NCAA title in 2010 with a 4-3 win against the Gators, is ranked No. 7 and features the reigning NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs (Santa Monica, Calif.) as well as the ITA’s No. 10-ranked player, Krista Hardebeck (Santa Ana, Calif.).
“Stanford at Florida is the ’granddaddy’ of them all,” said Florida coach Roland Thornqvist. “It doesn't matter who won what or where when we get together – both teams fight until the end, and it’s always so intense.”
The USTA has partnered with college tennis by serving as the title sponsor of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s indoor tennis center, the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships and more than 85 USTA/ITA Regional Tournaments. The USTA also names and funds its annual Collegiate Team, a high-level training program for top American collegiate tennis players designed to provide them with exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.