Monday, October 19, 2015

Small College Super Bowl Champions Earn Berths in USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships; First Batch of Division I Regionals Complete

The National Small College Individual Championships were completed over the weekend in Sumter, South Carolina, with players from Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior Colleges competing for individual titles in singles and doubles.  The tournament culminates in the the Small College Super Bowl, where the four winners of each division play off with a place in next month's USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York at stake.

The names of several of the Super Bowl winners may be familiar to those who follow junior tennis closely.  Alejandra Cisneros of Mexico, a sophomore at Division II Armstrong State, was a Top 20 ITF junior just two years ago. The top seed in the Division II singles draw, Cisneros came from behind to beat No. 2 seed Natalia Siedliska of Saint Leo 0-6. 6-3, 6-4 to win the title and a place in the Super Bowl. There she cruised by Division III champion Eudice Chong of Wesleyan 6-1, 6-2 and had a similarly easy time in the final, beating Macarena Olivares, the Junior College champion from ASA Miami, 6-0, 6-2. Olivares had beaten NAIA champion Valeria Podda of Georgia Gwinett in the semifinals, and in the final of the Junior College championships, Olivares defeated Tyler Community College freshman  Gabby Andrews, the two-time junior slam doubles champion, who initially committed to UCLA, but could not attend there due to issues with credits from her online schooling.

The women's Super Bowl doubles title went to Division II Lynn's Rosalie Willig and Diana Bogolii, who defeated Olivares and her partner Megane Bianco of ASA Miami 6-3, 6-3 in the final. For more on Cisneros win, see the Armstrong State athletic website. Lynn's website has more on Willig's and Bogolii's  victory.

The women's Super Bowl draw is here.

In the men's Super Bowl, Kevin Konfederak of NAIA Georgia Gwinett won both the singles and doubles titles.  Argentina's Konfederak, also a top 20 ITF junior, but back in 2009, defeated Jan Meyer of Azusa Pacific, the Division II champion, 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Meyer had beaten surprise Division III champion Noah Farrell of Middlebury in the semifinals, while Konfederak downed Junior College champion Ferran Calvo of Tyler Community College.

Konfederak had beaten teammate Jordan Cox in the NAIA Division final, but Cox, the 2008 Kalamazoo 16s champion and 2009 Wimbledon boys finalist, will still get his trip to New York after winning the doubles title with Konfederak.  The pair defeated Division II champions Jui Mao and Ofir Gina of Concordia(NY) 6-4, 6-2 in the final.  For more on the two Georgia Gwinett men's Super Bowl titles, see this article from their website.

The men's Super Bowl draw is here.  For links to all the small college draws, see the ITA tournament page.

The Division I regionals, which will decide 12 more entrants to the Indoor Championships, began last week, with several completed today.

Bobby Knight at College Tennis Today is keeping close tabs on the men's regionals, and has provided a look and both the men's and women's entrants to date here.

Below are the results of the women's regional finals so far, with the remainder scheduled for this coming weekend.

Luisa Stefani[10], Pepperdine def. Catherine Harrison[1], UCLA 7-6 (8), 6-4
Stefani/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai[4], Pepperdine def. Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox[1] Pepperdine w/o

Nuria Ormeno[10], Colorado def. Julia O’Loughlin[6], Denver 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Blaga Delic/Sheila Morales[1], Nevada def. Toby Miclat/Taylah Beckman[8], BYU 6-2, 6-0

Katarina Adamovic, Oklahoma State def. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas 6-1, 7-6(1)
Kelsey Laurente/Maria Alvarez, Oklahoma State def. Shannon Hudson/Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas 6-3, 7-5.

Andie Dikosavljevic[9], Auburn def. Jessica Golovin, LSU 7-6, 6-4
Andie Daniell/Erin Routliffe[2], Alabama def. Skylar Kuykendall/Abby Owens[5] LSU 6-4, 7-5.

Julia Elbaba[1], Virginia def. Caroline Daxhelet[13], Virginia Tech, 6-1, 6-1
Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley[2], Virginia def. Elbaba/Skylar Morton[1], Virginia 6-3, 6-1

Ohio Valley
Frances Altick[4], Vanderbilt def. Sydney Campbell[1], Vanderbilt 6-3, 7-5
Mami Adachi/Aldila Sutjiadi[1], Kentucky def. Courtney Colton/Astra Sharma[2], Vanderbilt 6-3, 6-4

The ITA's Regional results page is here.