SURPRISE, Ariz. – Men’s and women’s doubles divisional champions were crowned on Friday to highlight day two of competition at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup, held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The eight divisional winners (four men, four women) advance to Saturday’s Oracle Cup semifinals, with the final set for Sunday. Sunday’s victor earns a wild card into the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held November 3-6, 2016, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.
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The first divisional champions crowned on Friday were from the women’s doubles brackets. Lynn’s Diana Bogolii and Rosalie Willig won their second consecutive title and are two matches away from a return trip to New York City. They bested Armstong’s Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega 6-3, 6-3, and will face Georgia Gwinnett’s Chiara Di Salvo and Alyona Vasilveva topped teammates Valeria Podda and Klara Dohnalova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the NAIA final.
In the other Oracle Cup women’s doubles semifinal, Emory’s Bridget Harding and Katarina Su will face from the State College of Florida, Maria Medina and Iulia Sergheeva. Harding and Su defeated Johns Hopkins’ pair of Mikey Barthelmass and Ashnaa Rao 6-1, 6-1, while Medina and Sergheeva took down Steffany Bermudez and Thalita Rodrigues of Seward 6-1, 6-4.
The men’s doubles divisional finals closed out play on Friday, with four teams advancing to the Oracle Cup semifinals on Saturday.
In Division III, Emory’s Jonathan Jemison and David Omsky took the title over Trinity (TX)’s Tyler and Lambeth 6-2, 7-5. Emory will face the JUCO champions from Seward, Carlos Anez and Ondrej Nice, in the Oracle Cup semifinals. Anez and Nice topped Tyler JC’s Ferran Calvo and Jorge Martinez 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.
The second men’s semifinal will feature Georgia Gwinnett’s Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak versus the West Florida duo of Alex Peyrot and Pedro Dumont.
Meanwhile on Friday, divisional finals were set up for men’s and women’s singles play. Saturday’s final round and third-place matches will commence at 8:30 a.m. PDT.
It’ll be an all-Tyler Junior College affair in the JUCO men’s singles final, as top-seeded Ferran Calvo outlasted ABAC’s Yohan Nguyen 6-1, 5-7, 7-5, and Calvo’s teammate, Jorge Martinez, took down No. 3 Ismael Mzai of Seminole State 6-0, 6-2.
The NAIA men’s singles final also pits a pair of teammates against one another, as top-seeded Jordan Cox and No. 2 Kevin Konfederak, both from Georgia Gwinnett, meet up in the final for the second consecutive year. Konfederak got the better of his doubles partner in 2015, winning the match in three sets 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
Middlebury’s Lubomir Cuba and Emory’s Aman Manji will meet in the Division III men’s singles final. Cuba defeated No. 3 seed Mohanad Alhouni of Gustavus Adolphus 6-4, 6-1, while Manji, the No. 4 seed, glided past Carnegie Mellon’s Michael Rozenvvasser 6-2, 6-4.
In Division II, top seed Ahmed Triki of Barry moved on to Saturday’s final following his 7-5, 6-1 semifinal victory over Ramon Toyos of Midwestern State. Triki will take on Azusa Pacific’s Oliver Frank, who bested Armstrong’s Alberto Casares Casas 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal contest.
UW-Whitewater’s Megan Humphreys defeated a seeded player for the second consecutive day, this time taking out No. 1 Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Division III women’s final. She’ll meet No. 2 Bridget Harding of Emory, who battled back from a set down to top No. 3 Rebecca Ho from Washington University-St. Louis 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.
In NAIA, top-seeded Camille Gbaguidi of SCAD moved on to Saturday’s final, following a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Isabella Dale of Cumberlands. The other semifinal had Valeria Podda and Chiara Di Salvo from Georgia Gwinnett facing one another for a spot in the final. Podda, the No. 3 seed, bested No. 2 Di Salvo in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (2), and will face Gbaguidi on Saturday.
Hanna Volikova of Indianapolis punched her ticket to Saturday’s Division II final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1) win against Alexandria Maciel of St. Mary’s. Meeting Volikova in the final will be Washburn’s Madeline Hill, who took down No. 3 Saoia Gomez de Segura of Mercyhurst in a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Top-seeded Luisa Varon (Eastern Florida State College) rolled No. 4 Sarah Frendo (Cowley) 6-4, 6-1 in a JUCO semifinal contest. Varon will take on No. 2 Maria Medina (State College of Florida), who scored a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) decision over No. 3 Jasmine Asghar (Tyler JC).
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