SUMTER, SC – A tournament unlike any other in collegiate tennis, the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are set to begin Thursday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina.
The NSCC, which began in 1986, showcases the top student-athletes in Division II, Division III, Junior/Community College and the NAIA, and is the sole national championship event for the Division II and NAIA levels. Each division represented will feature eight singles players and eight doubles teams. Over 8,000 players competed in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships for a chance to qualify for the NSCC.
Singles and doubles champions of each division compete in “Super Bowl” draws that will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 18. The four Super Bowl champions (one men’s singles, one men’s doubles, one women’s singles, one women’s doubles), garner wild cards into the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.
As many know, the state of South Carolina recently has been affected by floods of historic proportions. The ITA is asking that those planning on attending the NSCC bring a few donatable items (clothing, supplies and gift cards) with you when you attend this week’s tournament. ITA staff members will be collecting the donations at the tournament desk.
A pair of defending champions from 2014 return to the 2015 NSCC, including DIII singles draw victor, Nicolas Chua of the University of Chicago. Chua finished the 2014-15 season as the No. 5-ranked player in the nation. In addition to competing in the singles draw, Chua will also play doubles.
Ashnna Rao of John Hopkins claimed the DIII NSCC title last year and enters the 2015 championship as the No. 3 seed. Defending NCAA Division III Singles Champion and 2014-15’s No. 1-ranked player, Eudice Chong of Wesleyan, is the No. 1 seed at NSCC.
To see complete draws for each division, check out the NSCC Championship Central page http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/SmallCollege.htm. In addition to the draws (which will be updated daily), the Championship Central page will house daily recaps from the NSCC, along with links to the ITA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts so you can follow along with the NSCC conversation on social media.
About the Palmetto Tennis Center
The Palmetto Tennis Center is located inside Palmetto Park in Sumter, South Carolina, and is home to 24 state-of-the-art tennis courts, with lighting available for night play. Three on-site tennis pros and a progressive training program teach players from beginner to advanced levels spanning from players aged five and older. Other amenities include ball machines, stringing service, and a pro shop. Admission for regular play is free of charge. Visit the Palmetto Tennis Center website and follow tournament updates on their Facebook page.