Rain couldn’t put a damper on the Inaugural Border Battle on the Banks held at the Westside Athletic Club in Powells Point, NC March 2-4. This event, created by USTA Virginia and USTA North Carolina, allowed Tennis on Campus teams from both states to meet up at a popular tourist destination, the beaches of the Outer Banks. Teams were given a unique opportunity to play all teams who entered in the draw in the standard World Team Tennis format, while enjoying beach front views from their hotel after long days of matches.
Saturday morning matches were met with rain, so while a few teams powered through the drizzle on the clay courts at the Westside Athletic Club, other teams were shuffled off to the nearest indoor facility, Pine Island Racquet Club in Corolla. This indoor, three- court facility allowed the first day matches to complete in a timely fashion at a great facility. By the end of day one, both NC State and Elon University were leading the way with 3-0 records, followed by James Madison University and Old Dominion University. Players were provided a pizza lunch on Saturday, as well as t-shirts at check-in.
Though no rain fell on Sunday, the teams fought through some chilly weather in the morning at Westside Athletic Club. This stand-out facility boasts four clay and four hard courts, giving the teams an opportunity to experience both surfaces throughout the weekend. The first round of matches on Sunday featured NC State vs. Elon, JMU vs. ODU, and Radford vs. VCU. Teams rolled straight into their final match of the tournament at 11 a.m. to determine the top teams of the tournament.
NC State University led the way with a 5-0 record for the weekend, with their toughest match coming against second place Elon University in a closely contested 22-19 match. James Madison University followed at 3rd place, Old Dominion University at 4th place, Radford University at 5th place and Virginia Commonwealth University at 6th place.
Radford University was given the tournament Team Sportsmanship award, as voted on by their peers.
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TOC Border Battle on the Banks