2004 ITA National Summer Championships
Presented by the USTA
Hosted by Indiana University August 14-18
Northwestern's Prousis, Minnesota's Ticer capture singles titles at ITA National Championships; UVA, OSU duos claim doubles titles
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Northwestern's Alexis Prousis and Minnesota's Avery Ticer captured the singles titles Tuesday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center.
Minnesota's Ticer, a senior from Abilene, Texas, beat Ohio State sophomore Chris Klingemann 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2) in today's men's final. Northwestern's Prousis, a sophomore from Lake Forest, Ill., edged Vanderbilt sophomore Amanda Fish 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8) in the women's final. Both finals were decided by match tiebreaks, which were used throughout the tournament - a 10-point tiebreak played in place of a third set.
Virginia's Lauren Bruch and Douglas Wink beat Vanderbilt's Fish, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame's Kristina Stasny 8-2 in last night's women's doubles final. Ohio State's Scott Green and Ross Wilson beat fellow Buckeyes Kingemann and Joey Atas 8-2 in the men's final.
The singles and doubles champions earned wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2004-05 collegiate tennis season - the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October (the finalists earn wild cards into the qualifying tournaments).
The ITA National Summer Championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 20 regional sites throughout the country last month. Over 15,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. This is the 10th anniversary of the national championships, which were added to the circuit in '94.
The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin Loring and provides college tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. It is made up of five regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit had a record 2,005 players participate in last year's events.
Minnesota's Ticer was the No. 3 seed this week and won two singles titles on the ITA's Midwest Circuit last month. He was the 2003 ITA Summer Circuit Player of the Year and will be among the favorites to win this year's award when it is announced later this month. Northwestern's Prousis was a Nos. 5-8 seed (seeding was done in groupings after the top 4) and helped Northwestern to the Big Ten title last May. Fish was playing in her second straight ITA National Summer final, looking for her first title.
Pictures taken by Mark Walker