SURPRISE, Ariz. – Following a busy day of action at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, divisional finals in women’s doubles are set, along with semifinals matchups for men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup.
Formerly known as the Small College Nationals, the ITA Oracle Cup has history dating back to 1986, and is the only singles and doubles national championship event for the Division II and NAIA levels. This year, more than 8,000 players took part in a total of 60 regional tournaments to gain entry into the ITA Oracle Cup field.
Each division features eight singles players and eight doubles teams, competing in their respective draws. The singles and doubles champions from the four divisions advance to the weekend’s ITA Oracle Cup semifinals and finals draws.
The four ITA Oracle Cup winners (men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles) receive wild cards into the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held November 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.
Head to the ITA Oracle Cup event page to view updated draws, daily recaps, photo gallery links, as well as find live scoring and streaming information. FloTennis, a subscription-based company, will provide exclusive live streaming of all four days from Surprise, with up to four total courts included. This link will enable users to sign up for FloTennis and view the action at the ITA Oracle Cup. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at our new event-specific account @ITAOracleCup and using the hashtag #ITAOracleCup.
Here’s a look at how each division’s day unfolded.
Play on Thursday opened with women’s singles taking the courts. In Division II, three of the top four seeds fell in the opening round, with Hanna Volikova of Indianapolis taking down No. 1-seeded Lena Lutzeier of Armstrong 6-1, 6-4. Diana Bogolii of Lynn, the No. 2 seed, dropped a 6-7 (4), 4-6 decision to Washburn’s Madeline Hill, while Alexandria Maciel of St. Mary’s dispatched No. 4 seed Jensyn Warren of Sonoma State 6-3, 6-2. Saioa Gomez de Segura of Mercyhurst, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the semis with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over NYIT’s Gabriela Siembab.
In men’s singles, No. 1 seed Ahmed Triki of Barry took down Edinboro’s Vitor Albanese 7-5, 6-4, setting up a semifinal match on Friday with No. 4 seed Ramon Toyos from Midwestern State, who defeated NYIT’s Matej Selecky 6-3, 6-3. Oliver Frank of Azusa Pacific took down No. 2 seed Sherif Abohabaga of Southwest Baptist 6-4, 6-1, and Alberto Caceres Casas of Armstrong slipped past No. 3 Maxi Hepp of Drury in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Men’s doubles saw the No. 1-seeded team from Armstrong (Alberto Caceres Casas/Jan Porteset) fall in straight sets to Azusa Pacific’s Pascal Engel/Oliver Frank 6-4, 7-6 (6). All other seeded teams advanced to the semifinal round.
The women’s doubles final is set, and will feature No. 2 Diana Bogolii/Rosalie Willig of Lynn facing No. 1 Lena Lutzeier/Diana Stomlega of Armstrong.
In Division III women’s singles, all but one of the seeded players moved on to the semifinals. Megan Humphreys of UW-Whitewater rallied from dropping the first set to No. 4 Brooke Donnelly of Washington & Lee 1-6, to take the final two sets 7-5 and 6-0 to advance. Top-seeded Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer rallied from a set down to defeat Ashnaa Rao of Johns Hopkins 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Rebecca Ho of Washington University-St. Louis, the No. 3 seed, bested Kathy Joseph of UT-Dallas 7-5, 6-4, while Bridget Harding, the No. 2 seed out of Emory, raced past Michelle Fuca of Skidmore 6-4, 6-1.
The top two seeds in the men’s singles draw both suffered defeats on Thursday, as top-seeded Kai Yuen Leung of Skidmore College fell to Michael Rozenvasser of Carnegie Mellon 6-2, 6-2, and No. 2 seed David Liu of Chicago dropped a 4-6, 5-7 decision to Middlebury’s Lubomir Cuba. Second-seeded Aman Manji of Emory needed three sets to dispatch of Arthur Fagundes of UT-Tyler 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and No. 3 Mohanad Alhouni of Gustavus Adolphus also went three sets versus Nikolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, eventually earning a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 decision.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps duo of Nikolai Parodi/Glenn Hull toppled the No. 1 seeds out of Johns Hopkins, Mike Buxbaum/Emerson Walsh 6-3, 7-6 (3), while the Jerry Jiang/Kyle Wolfe of Bowdoin bested No. 3 Luke Elifson/Marty Beck of Saint Thomas 6-3, 6-4.
The women’s doubles final pits No. 1 Bridget Harding/Katarina Su of Emory versus the No. 2-seeded team from Johns Hopkins Mikey Barthelmass/Ashnaa Rao.
In women’s singles, all four seeds moved on to Friday’s semifinals, winning their matches on Thursday in straight sets. Top-seeded Camille Gbaguidi of SCAD defeated Cade Sorensen of Westmont 6-0, 6-2. Chiara Di Salvo of Georgia Gwinnett turned back Amanda Schneider of Northwestern Ohio 6-3, 6-1 and Georgia Gwinnett teammate and No. 3 seed Valeria Podda raced past Jessica Emoto of Tabor College 6-1, 6-0.
All seeded players in the men’s draw advances to the semifinals, including another pair from Georgia Gwinnett.
Top-seeded Jordan Cox (Georgia Gwinnett) won his match against Luke Whalen of Westmont 6-3, 6-4, while No. 2 seed Kevin Konfederak, also from Georgia Gwinnett, bested Oscar Barreros of William Woods 6-4, 6-1. Third-seeded Denis Porcic of Lindsey Wilson won 6-2, 6-4 against Keiser’s Arthur Bonnaud, and No. 4 Oscar Cornella of Olivet Nazarene scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Danila Kourkoulin of Grace College.
In men’s doubles, top-seeded Konfederak/Cox battled past Northwestern Ohio’s Justin Baciu/Radu Popa in a third-set tiebreak 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10). Campbellsville (Brendan Aguilar/Chrys Castro) knocked off No. 3 seed McPherson (Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez /Hector Carrillo Perales) 7-5, 6-4.
The women’s doubles final features an all-Georgia Gwinnett affair, with No. 3 Chiara Di Salvo/Alyona Vasilyeva taking on No. 4 Klara Dohnalova/Valeria Podda.
The top seeds all held form in the JUCO women’s singles bracket, setting up an all-seeded semifinal showdown on Friday. Luisa Varon, the No. 1 seed from Eastern Florida State College, defeated Diana Barcelata of Canada College 6-1, 6-3, while No. 2 seed Maria Medina of State College of Florida rolled Mariana Alvarez of Hinds CC 6-2, 6-0. Jasmine Asghar of Tyler JC, the No. 3 seed, earned a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Clarisa Colling of Orange Coast 6-1, 6-0, and No. 4 seed Sarah Frendo of Cowley College scored a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Celia Morel of ABAC.
Only two of the four seeds survived the opening round on Thursday, with No. 2 Max Blancaneux of Cypress College falling to Jorge Martinez of Tyler JC 4-6, 2-6, and No. 4 seed Carlos Anez of Seward was bested by ABAC’s Yohan Nguyen 4-6, 3-6. Top-seeded Ferran Calvo of Tyler JC defeated Meridian CC’s Jason Pimenta 6-4, 6-3, and No. 3 Ismael Mzai of Seminole State edged American River’s Alessio Paro in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Two seeded teams fell in men’s doubles, as Tyler JC’s Reid Feehan/Enrique Pardo took down No. 4 Chisomo Lumenta/Ismael Mzai of Seminole State 6-4, 6-0, while Cypress College’s Blancaneux/Reynaud bested No. 2 Meridian CC’s Pimenta/Goncalves 6-1, 6-2.
The women’s doubles final has No. 2 Maria Medina/Iulia Sergheeva of the State College of Florida taking on No. 4 Steffany Bermudez/Thalita Rodrigues of Seward.