Day 2 of the National Campus Championship Tournament started off with a bang with a series of close matches. Tournament favorite, the University of Michigan, lost a tough match to Central Florida, 26-22. Cal Berkeley, the 2010 National Champion, pulled out a supertiebreaker victory over Texas A&M by a score of 22-23 while U.C. Santa Barbara hung on strong to defeat Stanford University, 26-25.
Camaraderie on the Court: Despite the competitive energy being at an all-time high, good sportsmanship shown through in true Tennis On Campus style. On court #8, a friendly battle of East vs. West ensued between the College of Charleston and the University of Arizona, which was anything but mean-spirited. If it weren’t for the team uniforms, it would be impossible to differentiate the two schools, as cheering and laughing was exchanged between the players of both teams throughout the match.
First timers: This year’s tournament has an unprecedented 7 teams making their first appearance in the National Campus Championship:
||Oklahoma State University
|University of Northern Colorado
||Stony Brook University
Battle of the Home Teams: After a strong showing on Thursday, all three North Carolina teams entered today’s bracket play in competitive standings with Duke in the Gold Bracket and both UNC and N.C. State contending for the top spot in the Silver Bracket. N.C. State was knocked out of contention after losing to U.C. Davis by a score of 26-13 this afternoon while UNC fell short to University of Wisconsin 26-12, crowning Duke as this year’s strongest home team!
The Road to Victory: As Day 2 begins to wind down a few familiar faces have found their way to the Semifinals. With a repeat of last year, all four teams who advanced in 2010 will be advancing again this time around. Central Florida University, UCLA, U.C. Berkeley and the University of Florida have all battled their way through the gold bracket and will compete at 8 am tomorrow morning to see which teams will face off in the 2011 National Campus Championship.
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