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Thanks Again to DePaul University Women's Tennis!
October 17th, 2016 by Jon Mulvey


Thanks Again to DePaul University Women's Tennis!Last Sunday, for the fourth time in as many years, our club had the privilege of having one of our practices run by Coach Mark Ardizzone and the DePaul University Women's Tennis team.

As I've said a million times before in a million different posts on this site and our social media accounts, I can't even begin to tell you how lucky we have been to hold this event with our varsity team. As far as I'm aware, we're still the only club team in the country that gets to participate in an event like this. All of the credit goes to Coach Ardizzone, who constantly goes above and beyond in the support of our club and of tennis here at DePaul. I'll say it again for what it's worth--thank you, Mark, for giving so much back.

In our own effort to give back to the community, our executive board braved a monsoon yesterday morning to volunteer at Apna Ghar's Stride Against Violence 5K in Montrose Harbor. This is the second year we've been able to donate our time and money to the cause of ending domestic violence. If you're reading this post and looking for ways to volunteer your time for the greater good of our Chicago community, please feel free to reach out to me. We're making a concerted effort as a club to volunteer as much as we can this academic year.

A video with highlights from the women's team practice is coming soon, but, for now, click the link below to visit our YouTube channel and watch the videos from previous years.

>> Watch Previous Practices on YouTube!
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Results from the Illini Invite/Volunteering Recap!
October 10th, 2016 by Jon Mulvey


Results from the Illini Invite/Volunteering RecapMajor congratulations are in order for our travel team, who took second place at this year's 16-team Illini Invite at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.

Despite not being able to send our full team, we were still able to go 3-0 to win our pool on Friday and Saturday. After beating Iowa State in the first knockout round of the gold bracket, we received a walkover against UW-Milwaukee in the semi-finals. Against Illinois A in the final, we lost 23-22 in a supertiebreaker. I still couldn't really be happier with a 5-1 record over the course of the weekend, which now represents our best-ever finish in the Midwest's second biggest tournament of the fall season. Major props to everyone who played (especially Tim, who became the first-ever club member to have a golden set in a competitive Tennis on Campus match)!

I also want to make special note of all of the wonderful community service we have been able to do so far this fall. As of today, our club members have logged over 88 total hours of volunteer work in the past month. Earlier in September, we took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lombard, and this past weekend, we were able to volunteer downtown at the Chicago Marathon. Thank you to all of our club members who have volunteered so far this year!

If you'd like to follow along with our progress this year both on and off the court, make sure to follow us on social media--especially our semi-new Instagram account.

>> Check Out the Scores from Champaign!
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The Latest Video


The 2016 Tennis on Campus National Championship: Pool Play

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Fall Practice and Travel Team Tryout Information!
September 4th, 2016 by Jon Mulvey


Fall Quarter Practice and Travel Team Tryout Information!I'm extremely excited to announce that our first club practice of the 2016/2017 academic year will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 9:00 to 11:00pm at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness.

If you plan on attending the first fall practice, please click here to RSVP and reserve your spot. As always, we will be accepting walk-ins, but given a limited amount of space this year, first priority will be given to all those who RSVP ahead of time. Once you fill out the form, you will receive a follow-up email from me with all of the information you need to know before attending practice.

We will have a table at the Lincoln Park Student Involvement Fair this Friday, September 9th from 1:00-4:00pm for anyone looking to learn more about the club before practices start next week. You will have an opportunity to meet the club's officers, sign-up for our mailing list, and ask any questions you might have about who we are and what we do.

If you are an incoming freshman or new member and are interested in trying out for our competitive travel team (and representing DePaul on court in Orlando, Florida and Tucson, Arizona), please reach out to me at jon@depaulclubtennis.org ASAP to setup a tryout. I'm able to work around your schedule.

I hope to see all of you soon and don't forget to reserve your spot at the first practice!

>> Want to Play in the Fall? RSVP for Practice!
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USTA Nationals/Spring Invite Recap and Results!
August 2nd, 2016 by Jon Mulvey


USTA Nationals/Spring Invitational Recap and Results!Hello again, everyone. There are lots of updates, which I hope you were already able to follow on social media. Our A team traveled to Nationals in North Carolina and won the Bronze Bracket, while our B team traveled to Arizona for its first ever national-level tournament.

Having qualified for Nationals for only the second time in the history of our club, we struggled on the first day in Cary, North Carolina, losing matches to Minnesota, Texas A&M, and Arizona State. This put us in the Bronze Bracket for the last two days of the tournament. After beating NY-Stoney Brook and the University of Delaware on Friday, we beat UC-Santa Barbara and then Harvard University in the final on Saturday to end the tournament on an unbelievably high note. Special recognition goes out to seniors Andrea Kinnerk and Andrew Weitzer who finished off the mixed doubles set to cap their four-year club tennis careers here at DePaul. All in all, 49th place in the country and a tournament medal to go with it isn't all that bad of a weekend.

The previous week, our B team traveled to Tucson, Arizona to take part in their first ever national-level tournament. During three days of matches, they beat teams from UC-Santa Cruz, Northern Arizona, and Arizona State, finishing higher than several other A teams from the Midwest. In their first full season, the B team finished with a winning record of 9-4.

With the 2015/2016 season now officially in the books, we start looking forward to 2016/2017. Information regarding fall practices and travel team tryouts will be posted at the start of September, but, for now, make sure to follow us on all of our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you have any questions regarding the club, they can be address to me at jon@depaulclubtennis.org.

>> Watch Videos from Nationals on YouTube
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A Bid to Nationals and Midwest Leader of the Year?!
February 25th, 2016 by Jon Mulvey


A Bid to USTA Tennis on Campus Nationals and USTA Midwest Leader of the Year?!Well, this past weekend went better than anyone in our club could have possibly hoped. We finished in 6th place overall at USTA Midwest Sectionals in Madison (our highest finish EVER), earned a bid to USTA Tennis on Campus Nationals in April, and I won USTA Midwest Leader of the Year. Who saw all of that coming? Not me.

In all honesty, I can't put into words just how proud I am of our team and how well we played this past weekend. Not only did we win our pool at Sectionals for the first time, but we also came from three games behind going into mixed doubles to beat Notre Dame and win our first ever round of sixteen match. We lost a close match in the quarterfinals against eventual runners-up Wisconsin, but we recovered to beat a great team from Butler to earn our place at Nationals in Cary, North Carolina this April.

For our seniors, everything has come full circle. In 2013, when they were freshmen, we earned an automatic bid to Nationals as USTA Midwest Club of the Year. This year, as seniors, we've qualified for Nationals solely because of how strong we were on the court. Ask the me from four years ago if we could ever qualify for Nationals by finishing top six in the Midwest and I would have laughed and called you crazy.

Winning the USTA Midwest Tennis on Campus Leader of the Year award is not just recognition for me, it's for ALL OF US as a club. It's recognition of how far we've come over the past five years and of all that we've accomplished together. I wouldn't have been able to do everything I've done without a truly exceptional team behind me.

As a famous singer once said: We've come a long way, baby. I can't wait to see where we go from here.

>> See Pictures from This Weekend on Instagram!
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