TCU men and Georgia women win 2014 ITA Attendance Race
TCU men boast best crowd of season at 1,254
SKILLMAN, NJ (May 8) - The TCU Horned Frogs men's team and Georgia Bulldogs women's team are the winners of the 2014 ITA Attendance Race, with the two teams drawing the biggest crowds in the month of April and during the overall spring season.
In 14 home matches this season, the Horned Frogs attracted 7,615 fans, which is roughly 3,000 more than any other men's team in the country. TCU consistently filled the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center with an average of 544 fans per home match, defending its 2013 ITA Attendance Race title. The Horned Frogs hosted the biggest crowd of the season on April 12, when 1,254 spectators came out to see a 7-0 win over Rice.
"I believe this award goes towards our 'Keep it in the Purple' volunteer committee, our GA Mary Corrick, our marketing and sports information department at school and our guys on the tennis team," TCU head coach David Roditi said. "They are the ones that work very hard all year around doing whatever it takes to bring fans to our matches and also entertain them and keep them there. It has been a fun year full of exciting matches and great crowds."
TCU went 8-6 in front of their faithful fans, with junior Nick Chappell qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Division I Singles Championship, and pairing with fellow junior Will Stein to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship. Chappell and Stein are the 30th duo in program history to earn a spot in the national tournament.
On the women's side, Georgia topped the attendance charts with total attendance of 4,747 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. The Bulldogs nearly doubled their attendance from last season to win their first ITA Attendance Race honor. All spectators were given a show, as Georgia went 11-1 at home and worked its way up the rankings to earn its first No. 1 ranking since 2007 and the No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Team Championship.
"Winning the ITA Attendance Race is a huge credit to our great fans," Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. "Athens loves its college tennis and we appreciate the fan support and the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd each time we compete."
The Bulldogs also hosted the largest crowd at a women's match in April, as 833 fans showed up to support Georgia in a tough 4-3 loss to Alabama. The Bulldogs would avenge that loss in the SEC Championship, shutting out the Crimson Tide for their seventh conference championship. Georgia drew three crowds of more than 600 fans, a feat only one other women's team (Rice) accomplished during the 2013-14 season.
"The crowd has such an impact on the momentum during a match, so it's always nice to know that we'll have a home court advantage when playing at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex," Wallace said. "We're looking forward to showing the tennis community how much the UGA and Athens' communities love tennis with some really big crowds during this month's NCAA Championships."
About the ITA Attendance RaceThe ITA Attendance Race is a monthly program in which teams are recognized for getting fans in the stands. This exciting race offers schools a way to garner recognition and extra incentive to bolster support. The ITA recognizes both monthly and overall winners. For more information on the ITA Attendance Race, please click here.