WINTER PARK, Fla. - South County Regional Park will be the site of the 2013 Sunshine State Conference Tennis Championships, which will be held Thursday, April 18 - Saturday, April 20, 2013.
The Sunshine State Conference (SSC) will partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission in bringing the tournament to the park. Florida Tech will serve as the host institution.
Located in Boca Raton, Fla., the facility at South County Regional Park features 19 lighted all-weather courts. It also includes a full-service pro shop. The 2013 championship will mark the first time the SSC event has been held at the location.
The SSC annually features some of the best tennis teams in NCAA Division II, with conference teams traditionally advancing far into the tournament draw. League teams have won a total of 11 men's and women's NCAA tennis championships, with the Barry women claiming the most recent national title in 2011. At last spring's national tournament, the Barry women and Lynn men each advanced to the semifinal round of competition.
The 2013 SSC Championships will feature all seven league men's teams and the top eight women's teams according to the final regular-season standings. Play will begin with quarterfinal matches on Thursday, April 18, and conclude with the championship finals and consolation matches on Saturday, April 20. All told, a total of 21 matches will be played. Each match will feature competition in three doubles and six singles flights. The first team to accumulate five points in those head-to-head matches will win the contest.
Headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., the Sunshine State Conference sponsors 16 sports that compete in NCAA Division II. In addition to the tennis championship, the league annually conducts conference championships in cross country, soccer, swimming, basketball, golf, and women's rowing.
Located in Melbourne, Fla., Florida Tech is one of nine SSC member institutions. Since joining the conference in 1981, FIT has helped host numerous conference championships. Most recently, the campus served as the host site of the 2011 SSC Basketball Championship.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (with a focus on the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities.