By: Andrew Robinson | USTA Missouri Valley
DES MOINES — Washington University earned its second consecutive USTA Missouri Valley Tennis on Campus Section Championship over the weekend after it defeated Iowa in the finals of the tournament. Washington University let a small overall lead slip away in the mixed doubles match to Iowa, but was able to defeat the Hawkeyes in the decisive super tiebreaker. St. Louis University earned third place and will join Wash U and the Hawkeyes at the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships which will be held in April at the new USTA National Campus near Orlando.
There were also several winners of sportsmanship awards. Emily Roberts from Kansas, Jessica Seedler and Austin Brandes from Drake, Beta Lear from Missouri State, Steven Wegner from Kansas State and Donald Thompson II and Stephanie Wiechmann from SIU-Edwardsville were all voted by their peers as having excellent sportsmanship.
Tennis on Campus is a USTA program that is designed to give college students an opportunity to keep their competitive spirits alive, stay in shape and meet fellow college students from around the country. The program is flexible, incorporating players of all ability levels and teams of all sizes in a fun, competitive environment outside of the Division I atmosphere. This year’s field included Washington University-St. Louis, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, SIU-Edwardsville, Kansas, Missouri S&T, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Truman State, St. Louis, Drake, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
The list of participating schools is as follows: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Oklahoma State University, Saint Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, Truman State University, University of Iowa University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, University of Northern Iowa, and Washington University.