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Monday, October 6, 2014

Qualifier Stiefelmeyer Earns First Louisville Title in Men's All American Championships; Tennessee's Reese and Libietis Claim Second Doubles Crown



Qualifier Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville served up one last upset Monday, beating No. 2 seed Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal 6-3, 6-2 to claim his school's first ITA All-American title.  The senior from Austria, with an ITA preseason ranking of 110, won nine matches in eight days to give the Cardinals their first men's national title in tennis.  For more on Stiefelmeyer's win see the Louisville website.


The men's singles trophy may have a new home, with Louisville ending Virginia's streak of four straight men's champions, but the doubles trophy will stay in Knoxville.  2013 champions and top seeds Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee retained their title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over unseeded Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz Monday afternoon in Tulsa.
Reese and Liebiets, the reigning NCAA champions, will go for a calender slam next month at the Indoor Championships in New York, where they reached the final last year.   For more on their run to another major title, see the Tennessee website.

The consolation singles title went to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald, who defeated Chris Diaz of Ohio State 7-6(6), 6-1.  With his win, McDonald will receive automatic entry into the Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

15 comments:

Austin said...

This is the most surprising/baffling champion I have seen in college tennis. Stifelmayer has play 1 or 2 for Louisville every year, but never any results on this level, wow! Congrats to him, wonder if he can keep it going into the spring season.

Alex said...

Did you get your typical video for the finalists since you were there?

Colette Lewis said...

No video of the college final. I was concentrating on the juniors today.

Not really tennis anymore.. said...

Get use to unpredictable results where you don't have to be the strongest player to win anymore. Welcome to the new world of no ad scoring in college tennis. Such a loss.

It is officially tennis for little old ladies at the country club.

Let me know when tennis returns to college.

Joe said...

Did you ever think maybe Stiefelmeyer earned his victory by putting in lots of intense training during the summer, which can't be said for the majority of the other players. Most took the summer off. Guess playing college tennis is too hard for them.

get real said...

to Joe...curious...where did you get impression most D1 players took the summer off? If that is true logical to argue the majority of college players themselves don't have higher aspirations in the sport or look at college tennis to develop their games for the next level.

Joe said...

Get Real,

If you search the summer ITF circuit, you will see very few examples of D1 players playing tournaments. yes there are exceptions. Looking at those playing the ITA All American, those that did play futures throughout the summer lost either in qualies or early in the main draw. Yes, there are exceptions....

Martyn Collins said...

What are any of you arguing over. Internationally developed semi pros from neighboring countries that are playing No Ad. College tennis was in many ways already farcing it up the same way as college football and basketball, with no revenue to show. Go pro or go home. Or at least get a 14 handle on your Universal Tennis rating before carping about real tennis.

What are you saying? said...

Maybe some of the posters here should have gone to college to get a handle on their writing skills. Fragments, contradictions, and run on sentences seem to rule these posts, most don't make any sense.

Agree with above, no ad will yield unworthy results/rankings all year. Being the best in this era will always be qualified with this scoring system. The true best cannot exist in a game that is not played to the official criteria.

5.0 Player said...

What are you saying- You should have been more careful when criticizing the writing of others.

You wrote: "Fragments, contradictions, and run on sentences seem to rule these posts, most don't make any sense." This sentence is grammatically incorrect. The clause "...most don't make any sense" should be a separate sentence or it should have been set off with a semicolon rather than merely a comma. You can't connect two complete sentence by a comma alone.

This is known as a "comma splice" which is two complete sentences connected by a comma alone.

Correcting the correction said...

Actually those are not independent clauses and a comma is acceptable. I recommend the Chicago Manual of Style.

5.0 Player said...

Correcting- You are flatly wrong. It is a fact (not an opinion) that those are two independent clauses, because they can stand alone as separate sentences. That is the definition of an independent clause. Therefore, they cannot be connected by a comma. Making reference to the "Chicago Manual of Style" (whatever that is) does not change the accepted definition of an independent clause.

I challenge you to show me where this source changes the definition of what an independent clause is.

I realize that this is a digression, but I believe it is important grammatical information for all those junior and college players (and their parents) who visit this blog.

curious said...

Do the ITF kids play no-ad in Tulsa?

Colette Lewis said...

just in doubles

William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White said...

They are independent clauses, but they can be sperated with a comma as long as you use a conjunction such as "but", "or", "so" or something like that. See what I did there ? So as written I don't think it's correct. It would need to have been "...rule these posts, but most don't make any sense" or something of that nature.