Twelve players participated in the 9th annual University of Michigan Campus Tournament of Champions on the weekend of April 9-10. Those players earned invitations by participating in a series of 8 events throughout the academic year.
Two players were seeded, having performed the best at the qualifying events:
Fittingly, after 10 hours of fierce competition, it was Walter and Greg who faced each other in the Finals. This was a double elimination tournament; Greg was coming out of the one-loss side of the chart, so to win the title, he would need to win two Race-to-5 sets against Walter. The match was close, with both players showing signs of fatigue. They'd started Saturday morning with matches in the "Last Chance Qualifier," competing against students from other schools for an invitation to collegiate Nationals.
There was never more than a one-game separation until the final win, which gave Walter the first 5 games and the 2016 University of Michigan Campus Champion title.
Congratulations to all players! For more information about the format of the TOC, or to find out about how you can become involved for the 2016-2017 academic year, visit the TOC page.