When was the last time you took your kids to a tennis match? Was it the
Delray Beach Open in February? Was it the Miami Open in March? Are you traveling to the US Open in August? For most people, tennis doesn’t rate high enough to set aside the time to take in a match. There are just too many other things to do. And given the infrequency of professional tennis tournaments coming to town, we’re just too busy to step away from our everyday lives to see the “Best in the World”.
But if you live in Boca Raton or Orlando or Coral Gables (or any other college town across America) you’re in luck! Because every January thru April the College tennis season kicks things into high gear! The great thing about College tennis (besides playing all of their Home games in one location) is that these players REALLY ARE the best in the world. Most college rosters are 50% international players meaning every team is loaded with the best college-age players making College tennis World Class tennis.
On Sunday February 14 All American Team Tennis traveled to Boca Raton to watch the Florida Atlantic University Owls host Army West Point. It would be a very tight match requiring all 7 points to be played (college tennis matches are Best of 7 so once a team wins 4 courts, the other matches stop playing) with Army West Point coming out on top, 4-3. There was a lot of yelling and cheering and shouting throughout with players AND spectators for both teams pumping up the players on the court. It was an experience much like a football or basketball game. The only thing missing was taligating!
And following the matches the Head Coach for the FAU Owls invited our players onto the court to meet the players where they would sign our jerseys and take pictures with us. Where else are you able to find this kind of accessibility?
Field Trips are a regular occurrence for All American Team Tennis as we take them EVERY season. We take our players to College tennis matches because College tennis players understand the value of playing on a team; the camaraderie, teamwork, friendships, and support all combine to make an overall enjoyable college tennis experience. In fact, our second of 3 field trips for Season 13 will be to Orlando to watch the UCF Knights host the Tulane Green Wave! At All American Team Tennis we endeavor to create memorable team tennis experiences… Because Life is a Team Sport.
On Saturday April 18, Coach Ken took his players to Coral Gables to watch the Miami Hurricanes host the Florida State Seminoles women tennis team. This would be the third field trip of the season but the first time we would see the Hurricanes play.
The Hurricanes are currently sitting at #16 in the rankings while the Seminoles are #70. We would arrive just after the doubles wrapped up, where the Seminoles would jump out to a 1-0 lead thanks to the pairings of Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi on court 1, and Mia Vriens and Kerrie Cartwright on court 3.
But Miami has 4 ranked singles players on its roster and would take 5 out of 6 courts thanks to the efforts of Stephanie Wagner, Sinead Lohan, Silvia Castaneda, Lina Lileikite, and Monique Albuquerque. Miami finished the match by a score of 5-2 making it their third win in a row.
Next up for the Hurricanes are the Pitt Panthers, a match that should be no problem for the #16 team in the nation.