Singles Champions Crowned, Overall champs to be crowned Sunday at ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis at ITA National Small College Championships

Singles Champions Crowned, Overall champs to be crowned Sunday at ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis at ITA National Small College Championships

MOBILE, Ala. – Singles champions were crowned Saturday morning in all four divisions at the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships. The event then switched over to the ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis, where the NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and JUCO singles and doubles title-winners face off to determine the overall champions.

These championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), are being hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, the world's largest public tennis facility, for the third consecutive year.

In a tournament in which commonly is known to have a few upsets and new-found stars, saw the top-seeded men’s and women’s singles players prove why they were deserving of the coveted No. 1 seeds marching through their respective draws nearly unscathed to capture the singles title.

MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONS

WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONS

NCAA DIVISION II
Philip Pakebusch – Valdosta State (1)

NCAA DIVISION II
Sona Novakova - Armstrong Atlantic (1)

NCAA DIVISION III
John Watts – Washington (1)

NCAA DIVISION III
Elizabeth Lewis - Chapman

NAIA
Alberto Gonzalez - AUM

NAIA
Katia Sabate - Fresno Pacific (1)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Damian Hume – Collin (1)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Jillian O’Neill – Hillsborough (1)


Of the eight total top-seeded men’s and women’s singles players, an amazing six of them were able to hoist the singles championship trophies today in each of the four divisions. The only divisional draws to see a player other than the top seed capture the singles title was in the NAIA men’s and Division III women’s draws.

In the NAIA men’s draw, Lindenwood’s Caio Claudino took out top-seeded Remy Caffardo of Graceland University in round one en route to his championship run but was outmatched by local favorite Alberto Gonzalez of the highly-successful Auburn-Montgomery program, who also captured the doubles title yesterday with partner Michael Johnson, a returning NAIA men’s doubles champion.

Chapman’s Elizabeth Lewis was the other non-seeded singles player to be crowned champion in Division III women’s singles. The two-time ITA All-American upset top-seeded Lorne McManigle of Emory, the reigning NCAA Women’s Singles Champion, in round one and followed up her impressive tournament run by holding off Chicago’s Kendra Higgins, the No. 2 seed. Lewis also defeated Julia Browne of Tufts in a semifinals rematch of last year’s third-place match which Lewis also won in straight sets.

The event’s afternoon action began the start of the ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis, where the NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and JUCO singles and doubles title-winners face off to determine the overall champions. This year’s format had the Division II champions square off against the NAIA champions while the Division III champions took on the JUCO champions. The JUCO and NAIA champions looked strong, advancing in six of the eight semifinal matches earlier today.

MEN’S SUPER BOWL FINALS

WOMEN’S SUPER BOWL FINALS

SINGLES
Damian Hume – Collin County
(JUCO)
vs.
Alberto Gonzalez – AUM
((NAIA)

SINGLES
Sona Novakova - Armstrong Atlantic
(Division II)
vs.
Jillian O’Neill – Hillsborough
(JUCO)

DOUBLES
Andrew Thomson/Andrew Lee – Middlebury
(Division III)
vs.
Alberto Gonzalez/Michael Johnson – AUM
((NAIA)

DOUBLES
Katia Sabate/Vanessa Heroux, Fresno Pacific
(NAIA)
vs.
Jillian O’Neill/Olivia Howlett – Hillsborough
(JUCO)


The Super Bowl final singles matches start at 9:00 am (CDT) followed by Super Bowl doubles finals to start not before 11:00 am (CDT) tomorrow.

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