For Immediate Release
Date: October 18, 2015
Contact: Laura Schuessler, Coordinator of New Media (505) 917-6949
Konfederak Sweeps Super Bowl Titles At USTA/ITA National Small College Championships
SUMTER, S.C. – Kevin Konfederak stole the show on the final day of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships as he swept the men’s singles and doubles titles in Super Bowl action Sunday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina.
The Georgia Gwinnett sophomore, who earned a spot in the Super Bowl matches after claiming the NAIA singles and doubles titles, is heading home with an incredible total of four trophies and an elite award for playing with great sportsmanship over the course of the week.Konfederak claimed his first championship title of the day after just an hour of play as he swiftly defeated Division II singles champion Jan Meyer (Azusa Pacific) 6-2, 6-2 in the singles Super Bowl final.
Konfederak’s second Super Bowl title came after he and teammate Jordan Cox took out Concorida N.Y.’s Jui Mao and Ofir Ginat 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles championship.
As if claiming four national titles in one week wasn’t exciting enough, Konfederak’s Super Bowl victories secured his chance to compete alongside Division I competitors at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships taking place Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Cox will join Konfederak in New York to compete in doubles play at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
“I’m glad Kevin and I stepped up this week and played good tennis,” Cox said. “The motivation for the past month, two months, pretty much all of fall was to get to New York City and the fact that Kevin gets to go in singles and we get to in doubles is something really special that were going to really cherish.”
The Georgia Gwinnett duo feels that they’re currently playing exactly how they need to be to compete on the national stage with Division I athletes.
“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” Cox said "We’re really hoping to really do some damage. We really think we can. I think if we play like we did this week and go in with the confidence that we have, it’ll speak for itself. Everybody will see that the NAIA champs are there to play.”Konfederak seems to be in agreement with Cox that hard work and confidence will allow them to succeed at National Indoors.
In addition to Konfederak’s four championship trophies, the Argentina native is also heading back with the James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship award. Konfederak was presented with the award on Saturday for showing great sportsmanship and respect to his opponents throughout the week.
“We just have to keep fighting and keep grinding,” Konfederak said. “Like Jordan said, we hope we can do some damage.”
Konfederak’s humble attitude proved to be the key to his success this week.
When asked if he expected to go home with four championship titles, Konfederak answered, ”No, not really. I didn’t really except to even come here, so I just enjoyed it and that’s all.”
Head coach Chase Hodges was quick to express how proud and honored he was to coach players such as Konfederak and Cox.
“This was huge,” Hodges said. “For us to win singles and doubles Super Bowl title is huge for our program and what we’ve been trying to accomplish. These guys made it happen today and represented us in a first class way.”It was also a big day on the women’s side as the Super Bowl singles and doubles champions were crowned.
Alejandra Cisneros of Armstrong State (Division II) came out firing in her singles Super Bowl match against JUCO competitor Macarena Olivares (ASA Miami) and quickly took the first set 6-0. She secured her national title after taking the second set 6-2.
“I was really focused the whole time,” Cisneros said. “I wasn’t nervous or thinking about the outcome. I just went out there and had fun. I just played my best and fought hard and I think that’s what helped me today.”
Cisneros said that an opportunity to compete at the National Indoor Championships was her motivation throughout her matches this week.
“I was focusing on the prize of course. I really wanted to play at National Indoors in New York,” Cisneros said with a wide grin.
In the women’s doubles Super Bowl, Rosalie Willig and Diana Bigolii of Lynn (Division II) defeated Olivares and Megane Bianco 6-3, 6-3 to book their trip to New York.
For complete results from the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, head to the NSCC Championship Central page http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/SmallCollege.htm.