For Immediate Release
Date: October 16, 2015
Contact: Laura Schuessler, Coordinator of New Media (505) 917-6949
DOUBLES CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON DAY TWO OF USTA/ITA NATIONAL SMALL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUMTER, S.C. – Singles finalists were decided and doubles champions were crowned on the second day of competition at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships taking place at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C.
Exciting men’s doubles action highlighted the day as two championship matches were decided by a tiebreaker in the third set. In the JUCO draw, Seminole State’s top-seeded Guy Iradukunda and Ismael Mzai defeated Ferran Calvo and Enrique Pardo of Tyler Junior College; 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 to win the doubles title. Shortly after, top-seeded Ofir Ginat and Jui Mao (Concorida N.Y.) stole the show as they defeated Armstrong State’s Pablo Gor and Nacho Hernandez in a three-set thriller to win the Division II doubles title; 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
The remaining two men’s doubles matches were decided in two sets. In DIII play, unseeded Adam Krull and Matt Tyer of Trinity took out Sewanee’s Eric Roddy and Jack Gray in two quick 6-1 sets. In NAIA action, Georgia Gwinnett’s third-seeded duo of Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak came through with a 6-3, 6-2 win over their top-seeded teammates Matias Hatem and Lachlan McPhee to win the doubles crown.
In women’s doubles play, three of the four divisional titles were claimed in two sets.
Unseeded Rosalie Willig and Diana Bogolii (Lynn) took out Armstrong State’s No. 1 seed team of Nicole Fossa Huergo and Carolina Prats-Millan 6-2, 6-2 to win the DII title. No. 4 seed duo Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu earned the DIII doubles title after posting a quick 6-1, 6-0 victory over Bridget Harding and Katarina Su of Emory. Chong and Yu also took out top-seeded/defending champions Katie Kuosman and Caroline Ward of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-1, 6-4 en route to their championship title.
Unseeded Katie Wilson and Lucia Solis (Indiana Wesleyan) also only gave up one game in their battle for the doubles title as they defeated No. 3 seed Angelica Sepulveda and Tarsha de Souza (Cumberlands) 6-0, 6-1 in the NAIA final. The JUCO championship, the only women’s doubles final that went into three sets on Friday, was a battle between two ASA Miami teams. Top-seeded Macarena Olivares and Megane Blanco eventually claimed the crown after defeating teammates Tyler Smith and Mingxiu Du in a late 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 battle.
The doubles Super Bowl semifinals matches will take place on Saturday not before 1 p.m. ET. DII teams will face DIII teams in the Super Bowl semifinals while NAIA teams will play JUCO teams.
Eight players came away with victories in the women’s singles draw on Friday morning to advance to the championships taking place on Saturday. The DII final will be a battle of the top seeds as No. 1 seed Alejandra Cisneros of Armstrong State will face No. 2 seed Natalie Siedliska of Saint Leo. In DIII play, top-seeded Chong (Wesleyan) will take on No. 3 seed and returning champion Ashnaa Rao of John Hopkins. The NAIA final, No. 1 seed Valerie Podda of Georgia Gwinnett will play second-seeded Camile Gbaguidi (Savannah College of Art and Design). The JUCO championship will also be a battle of the top seeds as No. 1 Olivares will play No. 2 Gabrielle Andrews (Tyler JC).
Men’s singles championship matches were also decided on Friday. In the DII singles final, (1) Jan Meyer (Azusa Pacific) will take on (2) Gor (Armstrong State). Unseeded Rafe Mosetick (Emory) will play unseeded Noah Farrell (Middlebury) in the DIII championship. The NAIA final will be between Georgia Gwinnett teammates (1) Konfederak (GG) and (2) Cox. In the JUCO championship, fourth-seeded Calvo will play third-seeded Hironori Koyanagi (Ventura). Calvo and Koyanagi took out the top two seeds today to earn their places in the final.
Singles finals will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. First round of singles Super Bowl play will take place at 1 p.m. ET.
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