Date: October 12, 2015
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Titles Claimed At 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Danielle Collins is currently unstoppable.
On Sunday afternoon, the Virginia senior defeated Miami’s Sinead Lohan 6-1, 6-2 to claim the 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships singles title.
Collins’ win on Sunday marked her second consecutive national title as she won the first-ever Oracle/ITA Masters singles title last month and it is also her third overall tournament title this fall as she won her singles bracket at the UVa Fall Invite before heading to All-Americans.
Additionally, Sunday’s victory allowed Collins to become the first Cavalier women’s tennis player to capture a Riviera/ITA All-American title and also allowed her to remain unbeaten this fall.
Collins’ early fall success gave her some great energy heading into the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and it definitely showed on the court.
“I’ve had a lot of really good matches the last couple of weeks between playing at the Oracle/ITA Masters and then at our fall tournament at UVA,” Collins said. “I hadn’t lost any matches, so I had a lot of positive momentum going into the All-American tournament. I got off to a great start here and a had a lot of really good matches to start here, so I went into the finals with a lot of confidence.”
Collins, the 2014 NCAA singles champion, also credits her overall experience for her strong fall start.
“I think just over time you gain more experience with matches and you get more mature and make smarter choices on the court,” Collins said. “Also, getting a lot of great practice over the summer at IMG and then coming back to school and getting excellent practice with my teammates and coaches. So, all of it adds up.”
Collins is currently ranked eighth in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Division I Women’s rankings.
Shortly after the singles championship, California’s Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr (ranked third nationally) topped North Carolina’s fifteenth-ranked Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay to claim the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American doubles title. The Cal duo quickly took the first set 6-1. Carter and Kay gained some momentum in the second set and took a slight lead at one point, but Manasse and Starr eventually pulled through to win 6-4.
Both the singles and doubles finalists will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.
The consolation finals also took place on Sunday.
In the singles final, Jasmine Lee of Mississippi State upset top-seeded/third-ranked Julia Elbaba in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Lee, who earned her spot in the main draw after battling through qualifying action last week, tallied five wins on her way to the consolation championship.
“I was feeling pretty tired today, but I was honored to even be playing in this event,” Lee said. “I knew that Julia (Elbaba) was ranked a lot higher than me, but fortunately I didn’t feel too much pressure going into the match.”
Lee’s consolation victory allows her to secure a spot at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
“I’m excited that I get to play in New York next month and I’m really excited that I don’t have to play regionals now,” Lee joked.
Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt of Northwestern booked their ticket to the Indoor Championships by defeating Nevada’s Sheila Morales-Hidalgo and Blaga Delic 6-1, 6-2 in the doubles consolation final.
This was the 30th consecutive year that the Riviera Tennis Club hosted the ITA Women’s All-American Championships.