SURPRISE, Ariz. – Following a frenetic semifinal Saturday at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup, the men’s and women’s singles and doubles finalists are now just one match away from securing wild card berths into the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
The 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held November 3-6, 2016, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.
Sunday’s action in Surprise gets underway at 10 a.m. PDT, with all four matches taking place simultaneously.
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The women’s singles final features competitors from the NAIA and JUCO level. SCAD’s Camile Gbaguidi claimed her spot with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Washburn’s Madeline Hill, while Maria Medina of the State College of Florida had to rally from a set down to get past Emory’s Bridget Harding 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 to secure a place in the championship match.
Tyler Junior College’s Jorge Martinez battled past a game Aman Manji of Emory 6-4, 6-1 to set up a Sunday showdown with Azusa Pacific’s Oliver Frank. Frank took down last year’s National Small College Singles Champion, Kevin Konfederak of Georgia Gwinnett, in a three-set encounter 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Harding may have lost to Medina in singles, but she gained a measure of revenge later in the day in doubles, as Harding and Katarina Su defeated Medina and Iulia Sergheeva 6-1, 7-6 (4) to move a step closer to New York City. The Emory duo will take on the defending National Small College Women’s Doubles Champions from Lynn University, Diana Bogolii and Rosalie Willig. The Lynn duo defeated Georgia Gwinnett’s Chiara Di Salvo and Alyona Vasilveva in the Oracle Cup semifinals 6-3, 6-2.
In the men’s doubles final, Seward County takes on Georgia Gwinnett. Seward County’s Carlos Anez and Ondrej Nice fought back from a set down to get past Emory’s Jonathan Jemison and David Omsky 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Georgia Gwinnett’s Jordan Cox and Konfederak got past West Florida’s Alex Peyrot and Pedro Dumont 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals.
Before the Oracle Cup semifinals, divisional men’s and women’s singles champions were crowned.
In Division II, Frank defeated top-seeded Ahmed Triki of Barry 6-4, 6-2, while the women’s draw saw Hill turn back Hanna Volikova of Indianapolis 7-5, 6-1. The Division III champions both came from Emory, with Harding defeating UW-Whitewater’s Megan Humphreys 6-3, 6-1, while Manji bested Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury 6-4, 6-1.
Konfederak defeated Cox for the second straight year in the NAIA men’s singles final, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Gbaguidi glided past Valeria Podda of Georgia Gwinnett 6-1, 6-2 for the women’s title. The JUCO men’s title was earned by Martinez, as he beat his teammate and top-seed, Ferran Calvo 6-1, 7-6. Medina garnered the women’s championship with a 6-3, 6-1 result over No. 1 seed Luisa Varon of Eastern Florida State College.
James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award
The James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship awards were also handed out on Saturday. Ahmed Triki (Barry) received the award on the men’s side while Hanna Volikova (Indianapolis) earned the honor on the women’s side.
The James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award honors players who display outstanding sportsmanship and exemplify the spirit of college tennis during the ITA Oracle Cup hosted by the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona. To be eligible for this award, the players must reach the finals in their divisional draw.
The award is given in memory of Jim Sargent, former Media Manager for Rolex Watch, USA, who was the victim of a fatal car accident in 2000. Jim was a great friend of college tennis, an ITA All-American who competed with outstanding success and sportsmanship at Lynchburg College, and afterwards continued as a special partner to the ITA in his role with Rolex.