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Men's and Women's Small College Championships
After the success of the Men's and Women's Bedford Cup
Events, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) decided in
2018 to host and fund a YTF Small College Championship
featuring men and women from the state's Division II, NAIA and
Junior College teams. This event would provide a unique
opportunity for these three divisions of college tennis to
compete against one another in the same tournament. The first
two years of the event have been played at the Beerman Family
Tennis Center in Lakeland.
2019 Small College Event
GRIB AND TRUSTFULL CAPTURE TITLES AT 2nd ANNUAL YTF SMALL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Players from eight colleges and universities competed in the
tournament, held at the Beerman Family Tennis Center in
Lakeland, over the weekend of October 11-13. Ekaterina Grib,
from the University of Tampa, won the women's event, besting
Lixin Wang of Flagler College, 6-4, 6-4 in the final. On the men's side, Kayne Trustfull
beat teammate Athanasios Bills, both men
from St. Leo's University, in the final 6-4, 6-3.
The tournament had an international flavor to it. Players from
all across the globe participated. Ekaterina is from Minsk,
Belarus; Lixin is from China; Athanasios is from Greece; and
Kayne is from the Netherlands. Well over half of the players
came from countries other than the United States, which is a
sign of the times … tennis is booming on the world stage. As it
was last year, players came from over thirty different countries.
The NAIA schools are in the Sun Conference, whereas the D-II
schools are in the Sunshine State Conference.
As expected, players from the D-II teams, which included
Tampa, Flagler and St. Leo's, dominated the event. Warner,
Webber and Southeastern ably represented the NAIA schools
and Chloe Murphy's team from the State College of Florida
(Manatee-Sarasota), which was the only JUCO team to compete
and win some matches as well.
2019 Small College Players
Winner Grib (left) and Wang
Grib and Savannah Williams (left) winners_ Anika Nissen and Alessandra Traub
2018 Small College Event