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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Regional, Small College Winners Join All-American Quarterfinalists in USTA/ITA Indoor Draws

Although the majority of the regionals which will decide 12 spots in next month's USTA/ITA Indoor Championships are scheduled for this weekend, there are a few players who already know they'll be in New York November 4-7.

Three men's and two women's regionals are complete, as are the ITA Small College Championships. That competition, held in Mobile last weekend, includes NAIA, Division II, Division III and JUCO student-athletes, with a "Super Bowl" held between the four singles and doubles winners in those four categories. The overall winner receives a wild card into the National Indoor. The Super Bowl winners this year are: Kirill Sinitysyn of Fresno Pacific, an NAIA school, Kirstin Strimple, also from an NAIA school, Pt. Loma Nazarene, and two D-II Armstrong Atlantic doubles teams, Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja on the men's side and Alida Muller-Wehlau and Barbora Krtickova on the women's side. For more on the Small College Championships, see the ITA website.

In addition, all the singles quarterfinalists from the All-American Championships receive an invitation to New York. The men are: Sanam Singh, Drew Courtney and Alex Domijan of Virginia, Eric Quigley of Kentucky, Reid Carleton of Duke, Austen Childs of Louisville, Bradley Klahn of Stanford and Alex Lacroix of Florida. The women are: Jana Jurikova of Cal, Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame, Marta Lesniak of SMU, Denise Dy of Washington, Denise Muresan of Michigan, Reka Zsilinszka of Duke, Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor and Hilary Barte of Stanford.

Only the All-American doubles winners--Barte and Mallory Burdette and Courtney and Shabaz--receive one of the precious 16 spots in the doubles draw. Host school Columbia receives a wild card in singles and doubles for men and women.

For more on the selection criteria, see this PDF document on the ITA website.

In the completed Division I action, two freshman have earned spots from the women's Ohio Valley and Mountain regions. Brynn Boren of Tennessee took the singles and doubles (with Maria Sorbello). The finalists in both singles and doubles were all Lady Volunteers. For more, see utladyvols.com. Lucia Batta of University of Nevada-Las Vegas won the Mountain regional in singles; Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles of Utah won the doubles.

In the men's Northeast regional at Yale, Sven Vloedgraven of Binghamton won the singles, with Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen of Harvard taking the doubles title. In the men's Carolina regional in Chapel Hill, Henrique Cunha of Duke won the singles, with Cunha and Carleton taking the doubles title.

In the Northwest regional at Stanford, Cal-Berkeley's doubles team of Nick Andrews and Chris Konigsfeldt captured the doubles title, surprising Stanford's Klahn and Ryan Thacher, last year's Indoor champions, in the semifinals. Konigsfeldt and Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk are in a third set to decide the singles title. Stanford's Thacher, seeded 1, and Alex Clayton, seeded 2, fell in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the singles.

For results of the completed regionals and information about the upcoming regionals, see the ITA regional central site.

In other college news, Julia Cohen has been ruled eligible by the NCAA to compete for Division II California University of Pennsylvania this season. A protest was lodged against Cohen and the school last spring that kept her from competing in the NCAA D-II quarterfinals, according to this article on the school's website.