LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The third annual Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic featured some of the nation's top tennis programs and raised $10,000 for cancer research over the weekend.
The three-day tournament boasted a field 16 Division I teams and counts toward each player's individual ranking. The men's teams included Arizona, Duke, Minnesota, Miami, Florida, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Virginia, USF and Pepperdine. The women's teams were defending national champion Florida, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Miami, Alabama and Memphis. The University of Florida tennis program enjoyed a strong showing in the competition. Men's double team Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson defeated Minnesota's Matthew Froment and Juan Pablo in the finals to win the championship while the Gators' women's team reached the singles and doubles finals. Florida's Brianna Morgan and Alexandra Cercone lost to Memphis' doubles team Kelly Gray and Courtney Collins in the finals and Caroline Hitimana finished runner-up to Memphis' Liza Tymchenko in the women's singles. Pepperdine University's Finn Tearney defeated Andre Vidaller of Arizona to take the men's singles competition.
-- Herald staff report