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May 23, 2005

Tennis Slugs triumph in front of home crowd

By Jim Burns

For the fifth time in school history, UCSC's men's tennis team captured a national championship. But this time, the feat was accomplished on the team's home courts as the host school thrilled hundreds of very enthusiastic Slug supporters with a 4-1 victory over top-ranked Middlebury College of Vermont.

Update: The tournament's singles and doubles competition concluded on Monday, May 23, on the East Field Courts. In the singles competition, UCSC's Matt Seeberger repeated as national champ. He also teamed with Matt Brunner to capture the doubles title, winning a thrilling third-set tiebreaker. This tournament marked the first time in D-III history that players on one team captured the team, singles, and doubles titles in the same year.
"It's incredible to win it here," coach Bob Hansen told the Santa Cruz Sentinel (see story). "It's all unbelievable. It's very special to be able to share with family and friends."

The NCAA-installed scoreboard on the East Field courts kept the overflow crowd buzzing as UCSC captured the doubles point by winning the first two doubles matches, seesaw affairs that looked like they could go either way. (They were ahead in the third, as well, when the doubles point was awarded to UCSC).

When Matt Seeberger and Andrew Cohen captured their singles matches, all eyes turned toward Kevin Casey. When Casey overwhelmed his Middlebury opponent, 6-2, 6-1, a celebration at the East Field complex ensued, with players, families, friends, and other spectators rushing the court.

UCSC's tennis team also captured the Division III crown in 1989, 1995, 1996, and 1998.

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