MALIBU, CA – On a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon in Malibu, California, the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters concluded with champions crowned in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.
Not only did the fans in attendance witness top-notch tennis at the Malibu Racquet Club, but a nationwide audience did as well, as Tennis Channel broadcast the men’s singles and women’s doubles championship finals. The inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters marked the first national collegiate championship of the 2015-16 season.
The men’s singles final led off Tennis Channel’s live broadcast with TCU’s Cameron Norrie taking on Duke’s Nicolas Alvarez. Norrie raced out to a 5-0 advantage in the opening set, ultimately taking that 6-3. The second set saw Alvarez respond and ultimately push Norrie to a tiebreaker. Norrie found his rhythm in the tiebreak and clinched the match with a 7-2 score in the breaker.
“It’s a great feeling to win this tournament,” said Norrie, a sophomore. “Every match here was a battle, including today. Getting off to a fast start really helped me. I got a little nervous serving for the match, but was able to calm myself and close out a very tough opponent.”
Due to an injury to North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, Virginia’s Danielle Collins earned the women’s singles championship via walkover.
“It was obviously a little disappointing that we couldn’t play the match, but it’s pretty clear that she’s injured and those things happen,” said Collins, the 2014 NCAA National Singles Champion. “I can definitely relate; I had a pretty serious wrist injury during my second year that required surgery, so I’m very sympathetic towards her because that’s a very tough thing to deal with. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and she can get back out on the court and be OK for the next tournament.”
With the women’s singles final unable to take place, the women’s doubles final was able to grab the national spotlight. USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith took on Kentucky’s Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi, and the Women of Troy emerged victorious by a 6-2, 6-2 score.
“We came in with not many expectations and just tried to get off to a fast start every match,” said Olmos.
Added Smith: “I think my serve starting off the match helped out a lot,” said Smith. “That kind of gave me the feeling that we had it going today. (Giuliana) was great on returns and we just tried to do our best and have fun, and it ended in a win.”
Virginia’s men’s doubles team of Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane, the No. 2 seed in the draw, defeated Pepperdine’s Guilherme Hadlich and Gabriel Sidney in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to claim the men’s doubles championship.
“It was a lot of fun to come out here and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve been able to play tennis at,” said Corinteli. “We were lucky enough to be invited to this tournament, so you know, it was a joy from the beginning to the end and to end the tournament this way is pretty awesome.”
The women’s singles consolation final featured Cal’s Klara Fabikova and Miami (FL)’s Stephanie Wagner. Fabikova emerged victories in straights 6-2, 6-3. In the men’s doubles consolation final, LSU’s Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle topped Georgia’s Austin Smith and Ben Wagland 4-6, 6-4, 10-4.
Shane returned to the courts shortly after his men’s doubles win and squared off with Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez Llamas in a battle of the nation’s No. 1 and 2 ranked players for the men’s singles consolation final. Shane took the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
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