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First Annual USA Team Tennis - College Championships

April 15, 2005 09:48 PM

COLUMBIA, SC – April 15, 2005 – The USA Team Tennis – College Championships was held last weekend at Prestwick Country Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The first of its kind, the tournament gave collegiate club tennis players the chance to compete against other schools.

Despite cool and cloudy weather, five teams from Furman University and the College of Charleston played Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles and mixed matches. After a long day of play, Prestwick's staff and volunteers hosted a terrific player party including a DJ and cookout.

College of Charleston team member, Todd Czaplicki, said “I am getting more first serves in and am feeling great about my game. We are enjoying Myrtle Beach and the tough competition from the Furman teams.”

At the beginning of the day Sunday, Furman’s A team was in the lead. With much better weather, the final two matches of the tournament proved to be very exciting. The Men’s doubles match between College of Charleston B and Furman B ended in a thrilling tiebreak with Arvid Tchivzbel and Matt Newsom of Furman defeating Derek Drushel and Daniel Brockman of C of C with a final score of eight games to seven.

Kate Sakolosky led her Furman A team to victory winning 146 total games. The team received prizes and a trophy to display at Furman University. Overall the tournament was a success. Jeff Smith from the USTA Southern Section was quoted saying, “This was a quality event. I thoroughly enjoyed the match play and the facility.” USTA South Carolina is looking forward to an even better event next year.

USTA South Carolina was founded in 1977 and is the governing body for the state of tennis in South Carolina. A professional staff housed in Columbia, SC carries out the USTA South Carolina’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed by our Board of Directors and committee structure of over 150 volunteers. Our mission is to promote and develop the game of tennis. For more information about USTA South Carolina visit

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