The Club Tennis Invitational Was A Hit!


December 6th 2015 Ithaca College hosted an Invitational Club Tennis match, which brought the south hill squad together with three other colleges and universities from surrounding areas. Cortland, Brockport, Hobart William Smith joined Ithaca in the nine hour-long competition.

The co-ed competition included both singles and doubles matches, and each school brought with them multiple players in each category.

Club Tennis President Deanna Nanni described how the match would finally come to an end.

“After these [preliminary] matches are done, the first place team plays the second place team, and the third place team plays the forth place team. Then the winner of those two play at 5:00pm, and they determine the winners. Nanni said. “There’s gonna be one women’s singles, one men’s singles, one women’s doubles, one men’s doubles, and then a mixed doubles.”

Even though most of their efforts are just for the fun of the game, there is something to look forward to.

“We have little prizes for the first, and second, and third place winners.” Nanni said.

It may not be much, but it rewards the players in the best way they can.

Cortland players Rebecca Smith and Justin Popp thought the duration was tough to endure, but still managed to have some fun.

“In the beginning I had a lot of fun. Everyone brought their A-game for sure. After 7 hours of non stop playing, I mean I’m now on match 7 now going on 8, so I’m kind of tired.” Smith said “Got some shin splints but it’s all fun and games, and I had a lot of fun today.”

Popp was especially excited about the ability to have a tournament at all.

“Especially like, being so late into the semester, where most of the time we wouldn’t be able to play, like having an indoor tournament is really something awesome that happened. I’m happy that we did this.”

Club sports for some colleges and universities are sometimes thought to be just for those who do not play on varsity, but for Cortland men’s players, it means a little more.

“So at Cortland we actually don’t have a men’s varsity team, only women’s, so all the boys have is this club team if they want to play.” Smith said

Players took a whack at almost every team to try for the victory. Everyone played their heat out for the entire duration of the tournament, and stayed motivated despite the fatigue.

Even if they didn’t win, people like Popp were still just excited thankful that they even had the chance to participate in this event

“I’m really happy that I got to do this, because I had a great time.” Popp said.