Cavaliers Compete in USTA Campus Showdown
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia women’s tennis program, along with the Boar’s Head Inn Sports Club, hosted first a USTA Campus Showdown on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Campus Showdown is another step in the effort of the USTA, along with collegiate tennis programs, to work together to promote both the collegiate game as well as junior competition throughout the nation. The Showdown format is designed to allow rising junior players to compete with college players on their home campus. It serves a double role in that it allows the junior players to visit different universities and meet the players that they hope to compete against and with in the future.
In singles, junior player Katie Goepel won the singles title, defeating the Cavaliers’ Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) in the final. In doubles, the Virginia team of Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) won the title, defeating Erin Clark and Julie Vrabel in the final.
“The USTA Campus Showdown is a great concept,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “We had a very successful event with lots of competitive, fun tennis. It was a pleasure having many of the best junior players from throughout the Mid-Atlantic section and beyond participating. Congratulations to Katie Goepel for her victory in the singles competition, and to Maria Fuccillo and Hana Tomljanovic for their doubles victory. Overall, the level of tennis was very strong and the players seemed to have a ton of fun with the format. We definitely intend to do this and other great events in conjunction with the USTA in the future.”