USF to host inaugural state of Florida women’s collegiate tennis championships

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(PR NewsChannel) / October 29, 2012 / TAMPA, Fla. 

The best 64 women collegiate tennis players in the state of Florida will converge on the campus of the University of South Florida this weekend, November 2nd, for the inaugural Bedford Cup Championships. Players from the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, Gulf Coast University, Stetson College,  Florida A&M, North Florida and Florida International University will join players from the host school and compete for the title of Division I women’s champion in the state of Florida.

The event is sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, which has been serving Florida’s tennis community for over 50 years. The winner will have her name inscribed on the Bedford Cup, named after Edward T. Bedford, whose foundation provided the moneys for the tournament. The tournament will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. and end with the singles final on Sunday afternoon.

Those who are expected to receive high seeds for the tournament include Sophie Iyen and Danielle Collins of the University of Florida, the defending NCAA champions, as well as Malisa Bolivar of the University of Miami and Daneika Borthwick and Francesca Segarelli from Florida State University. Danielle Collins is from the Tampa area and is likely to have much support from her hometown fans.

The top players from the University of South Florida hoping to walk away with the top prize are Loreto Alonso and Katerina Vasenina. There is also doubles competition, and 32 teams will compete for that title.

The courts are located on Holly Drive, not far from the Sundome. Those interested in attending are advised to take Fletcher Avenue to 50th Street and then head east a few hundred yards on Holly Drive. Ample parking is available at the site, and admission to the Bedford Cup Championships is free.

For further information, schedules and results, please visit USF women’s tennis website.

For more information on the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, please visit their website:

About the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida: Established in 1962, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit that supports the development of youth tennis in the state of Florida. The organization aims to introduce children to the benefits of tennis, while providing scholarships, grants and awards to players, coaches and tennis facilities.


Pierce Kelley
Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida
(353) 543-9999

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SOURCE:  Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida

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