Singles Champions Crowned, Sunday's Super Bowl Finals Set at
the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships
MOBILE, Ala. - Singles champions were crowned Saturday morning in all four divisions at the 2010 USTA/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.
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.
The singles draws were no different as six of the eight singles finals included the top seed from each respective division. However, once the afternoon's Super Bowl matches took to the courts, the results began to turn on the top seeds. Of the eight singles Super Bowl finalists, not one of the six No. 1's were able to capture the Championship trophy.
The event's afternoon action began the start of the ITA "Super Bowl", 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 squaring off against the Division III champions while the NAIA champions took on the JUCO champions.
In the opening round of play, all of the seeded players in both NCAA Division II and NAIA men's and women's singles went unbeaten. The trend continued in Super Bowl play as the Division II singles and doubles winners steamrolled over their Division III counterparts. On the other side of the draw, the NAIA singles and doubles champs were also able to cruise to victory over the JUCO singles title-holders.
In addition to Armstrong Atlantic's Alida Muller-Wehlau's singles title and James O'Hara Sportsmanship trophies that were presented to her earlier in the day, the Armstrong Atlantic teams continued their quest to reel in the hardware. Muller-Wehlau and teammate Barbora Krtickova fought off the two-time NCAA Doubles Champions and Division III women's doubles representatives, Kendra Higgins and Chrissy Hu of the Univ. of Chicago.
The AASU men's dynamic duo of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja, who captured their own divisional doubles title in yesterday's finals, made quick work of a Trinity team who played more matches than any other, as they were featured in Wednesday's play-in match, which is determined by regional representation.
Both Pirate teams look to sweep tomorrow's Super Bowl doubles finals. Super Bowl singles and doubles matches begin at 10:00 am (CDT).
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.