2015 ITA Summer Circuit Set to Begin on Friday
SKILLMAN, NJ (June 25) - Seven regions will get underway this weekend to kick off the 2015 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. The tournaments at Florida State, Laguna Niguel, Mary Washington, Minnesota, UMKC, San Jose State and Pittsburgh set the stage for an action-packed summer of tennis.
In all, 36 events will be played leading up to the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, which will be hosted once again by Indiana University from August 8-11. Last summer, four different conferences were represented by the winners of the summer crowns.
Sam Monette of Indiana edged out Princeton's Zack McCourt 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 for the men's singles title, while Alabama's Natalia Maynetto won an all-SEC affair against Vanderbilt's Frances Altick 7-5, 0-6, 10-8. Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor of Notre Dame prevailed in a close 8-6 encounter with Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch from Valparaiso in the men's doubles final, and the USC duo of Zoë Katz and Madison Westby defeated Dartmouth's Jacqueline Crawford and Taylor Ng 8-2 to claim the women's doubles championship.
Monette played first singles and doubles for the Hoosiers this past season, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors, while Maynetto maneuvered her way from outside the Tide's top six up to the fourth singles spot by the end of the year.
Lawson and Pecor put together an outstanding 2014-15 campaign, finishing the season 25-9 and earning a year-end ranking of No. 17 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's National Collegiate Doubles Rankings. Katz went on to play at the top doubles position for the majority of the season for the Women of Troy, qualifying for the NCAA Doubles Championships with Sabrina Santamaria, while Westby earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year honors.
The circuit is played through July 28, then players are given over a week to rest before the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships.
Upcoming Tournament Schedule:
June 26-28: U.M. Kansas City
June 26-28: San Jose State
June 27-29: Florida State
June 27-29: Mary Washington
June 27-29: Laguna Niguel
June 28-30: Minnesota
June 29-July 4: Pittsburgh
July 3-6: Purdue
July 4-6: Abilene Christian
For a full schedule and complete draw information, visit our 2015 ITA Summer Circuit page.
About the ITA Summer Circuit
Since its inception in 1993, over 30,000 men and women have competed in the ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. Providing college and junior athletes (along with alumni) the opportunity to compete in organized events year round, the Circuit remains open to anyone as long as he/she is a current ITA member. There are nine regional circuits that span across the United States, which include 37 different tournaments.