Doubles Champions Crowned, Singles Finals Set at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships



Doubles Champions Crowned, Singles Finals Set at the
USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

MOBILE, Ala. - The men's and women's doubles champions were crowned Friday night, while tomorrow's singles finals matches have been set in all four divisions at the 2010 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

The 2010 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are taking place October 14-17, hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama, the world's largest public tennis facility, for the fourth consecutive year.

In a tournament in which commonly is known to observe several upsets, for the most part, the top seeds have been able to march through their respective draws pretty unscathed.

In yesterday's opening round play, an astounding 28 of the 32 seeded singles players advanced to today's semifinals while the doubles draws were no different than singles with even fewer seeds stumbling out of the gates, with 30 of the 32 seeded doubles teams picking up a round one win.

In fact, all of the seeded players in both NCAA Division II and NAIA men's and women's singles went unbeaten. Today's semifinal and finals singles and doubles play held up to the standards set early in the tournament.

MEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONS

WOMEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONS

NCAA DIVISION II
(1) Array/Irdoja (Armstrong Atlantic)

NCAA DIVISION II
(3) Muller-Wehlau/Kritchkova (Armstrong Atlantic)

NCAA DIVISION III
(1) Cocanougher/Kowal (Trinity)

NCAA DIVISION III
(1) Higgins/Hu (Chicago)

NAIA
(1) Savi/Andrade (AUM)

NAIA
(3) Chen/Strom (Embry-Riddle)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(2) Jakovljevic/Thomasen (Tyler)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(1)When/Kolovou (Tyler)

Of the eight total men's and women's doubles teams to capture the doubles title for their respective divisions, over half came in as the top-seeded teams in their draw. Of the remaining three teams to qualify for the Super Bowl Doubles Championships, not one was seeded lower than third and this could be due to the fact that they came in as a new team rather than an in-tact team which was seeded higher.

A great example of this, can be observed in the NCAA Division III Women's Singles draw, which has far and away had the most drama and upsets throughout the first two days of play. Yesterday, second-ranked Kendra Higgins and third-seeded Jennifer Kung, both of Chicago and Emory's Zahra Dawson, the No. 2 seed, were all shocked by unranked foes.

In the case of Higgins, who was on the opposite end of a disastrous 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Kristin Lim of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Lim, the No. 4 seed, is a transfer from Cornell University, where she posted a 9-12 record playing No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. In her early 2010-11 campaign, Lim has sent a loud message to the rest of the Division III women's singles field that she will be a force to be reckoned with.

In addition to the win over Higgins, Lim put the clamps down on top-seeded Laura Chen of Carnegie Mellon, by allowing her to capture one game in a 6-1, 6-0 crushing defeat. While Lim earned the No. 4 seed by dropping only one set en route to the USTA/ITA West Regional singles title, where she toppled last year's Division III National Small College Singles Champion, Liz Lewis from Chapman, it is quite obvious that a higher seed was deserved.

MEN’S SINGLES FINALS

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINALS

NCAA DIVISION II
(1) Edualdo Bonet (Armstrong Atlantic)
vs.
(2) Emanuel Fraitzl (Barry)

NCAA DIVISION II
(1) Yuan Jia (BYU-Hawaii)
vs.
(2) Alida Muller-Wehlau (Armstrong Atlantic)

NCAA DIVISION III
(1) Dillon Pottish
vs.
Felix Sun (Williams)

NCAA DIVISION III
(4) Kristin Lim (CMS)
vs.
Samantha Frank (Gustavus Adolphus)

NAIA
(1) Remy Caffardo (Graceland)
vs.
(3) Kirill Sinitysyn (Fresno Pacific)

NAIA
(2) Kirstin Strimple (Pt. Loma Nazarene)
vs.
(3) Yi Ching Chen (Embry Riddle)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(1) Mbonisis Ndimande (Seminole State)
vs.
(3) Salif Kante (Georgia Perimeter)

JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(1) Sun When (Tyler)
vs.
Mariana Placios (State College of FL)

Play resumes Saturday with men's and women's singles at 8:30 am CDT followed by the Super Bowl semifinals which follows this year's format of the Division II champions squaring off against the Division III champions while the NAIA champions take on the JUCO champions. Semifinal single matches start at 1:00 pm (CDT), followed by doubles semifinals at 3:00 pm (CDT) tomorrow.

Each small college division (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) features eight men's and women's singles players and eight men's and women's doubles teams who earned spots into this national event by winning their respective USTA/ITA Regional Championships held over the past three weeks throughout the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships held at 86 different college campuses across the country.

The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship, which dates back to 1986, is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The most unique element of the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate Championships program is the fact that all levels of varsity college tennis (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) are competing in one comprehensive event, and any ITA varsity student-athlete has the opportunity to play and win at the prestigious USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

For complete results and event information, visit www.itatennis.com

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