Texas A&M's Adams Wins SEC Fall Classic; Korean Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup Teams Play New Mexico Lobos; Other College News
The first few weeks of the college tennis season are difficult to cover, with most Division I teams splitting their teams to travel to college tournaments and to Pro Circuit events. The college tournaments almost always have flights, resulting in several winners rather than one, and there's no central place to go for results, which is my excuse for not providing more coverage of them.
A few tournaments have somehow managed to get my attention, whether by twitter or email or previous exposure to them, and one of those, the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic, I reported on in yesterday's post.
Of the others, a big one took place last weekend in Athens, where the Bulldogs swept the titles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships. Junior Nathan Pasha won the singles title over teammate Ben Wagland, with Wagland and Hernus Pieters taking the doubles title over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman. The article of the finals is here, and the complete draws can be found here.
This past weekend, the SEC Fall Classic took place in Nashville, with Vanderbilt as host. Texas A&M sophomore Harrison Adams, the No. 7 seed, took the singles title, defeating Georgia's Austin Smith in the final, while Lipman and Austin provided the home team with a title when they defeated Mississippi State's Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp in the doubles final. For more on Adams' title, see the Texas A&M website; for the draws and more on Lipman and Austin's win, see the Vanderbilt website. Note that standard scoring(best of three tiebreak sets) was used for singles and that doubles went to a tiebreaker at 7-7.
The men's and women's teams at Duke host flighted tournaments in the fall. The women's flight winners two weekends ago in Durham were Miami sophomore Kelsey Laurente, North Carolina freshman Hayley Carter, and Texas sophomore Breaunna Addison. The men's flight winners were Elon senior Cameron Silverman and Duke sophomores Josh Levine and Bruno Semenzato.
At the University of Virginia Ranked +1 Invitational this past weekend, Silverman won his flight. North Carolina freshman Ronnie Schneider won a flight, as did Virginia Tech sophomore Andreas Bjerrehus. Sophomore Julian Lenz of Baylor won the HEB Intercollegiate tournament in Waco, continuing the Bears dominance in that event. At the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan sophomore Ronit Yurovsky was named the singles champion, which is decided by accumulated points in hidden dual matches. Note that tiebreakers were played at 5-5 in this tournament, and I'm assuming that also means the one-ad format was used.
In other college action, the Korean Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup teams stopped off in Albuquerque last week on their way to San Luis Potosi Mexico to play matches against the University of New Mexico's men's and women's teams while getting accustomed to the altitude. To see how the country's best 16-and-under players, including familiar names Seong Chan Hong and Ku Keong Kang (the names are styled a bit differently), fared against the Lobos, see this article.
New Mexico is also breaking ground on a new tennis facility, which it hopes to use to attract additional junior and professional tournaments, as well as major conference and national collegiate events. For more details, see this article from the Albuquerque Journal.