Super Bowl Champions Dominate on Sunday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships
MOBILE, Ala. – Keeping pace with the majority of the matches played at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala., the four winners of the Super Bowl draws breezed through the finals on Sunday. The Super Bowl champions will now move on to the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will take place November 3-6 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The women’s singles final was the first to get on court Sunday, and after the first few games were over, it appeared to be an even contest between Auburn-Montgomery’s Ana Veselinovic and Tyler Junior College’s Kerrie Cartwright. The first break of serve was earned by Cartwright, giving her a 3-2 lead, but Veselinovic broke back immediately in the next game. On Cartwright’s next service game, Veselinovic stepped into a second serve return on break point, drilling it down the line to surge ahead 5-3. She held easily in the next game to take the first set. As the match wore on, the heavy groundstrokes of Veselinovic became too much to handle for Cartwright. Veselinovic broke to open the second set and ran away with the match, prevailing 6-3, 6-0.
The men’s singles final was nearly a repeat of the women’s, as Rollins’ Lucas Jovita defeated Embry-Riddle’s Chris Freeman 6-3, 6-1. The opening set remained on serve until 3-3 when Jovita broke at love for a 4-3 advantage. Jovita’s next service game was an easy hold, forcing Freeman to serve to stay in the set trailing 5-3. Freeman was able to save two set points, but served up a double fault at 30-40 to drop the set. Each player held serve to open the second, but Jovita picked up his level of play from there, taking the final five games for the victory.
In the longest match of the day, Valdosta State duo Christian Hansen and Luis Loeffler were able to pull away late in each set for a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Williams College’s Brian Chow and Richard Meyer in the men’s doubles final. Chow and Meyer earned the first break of the match for a 3-1 lead, but failed to consolidate the break in the next game. Hansen and Loeffler shook off the slow start to win the final five games of the first set. In the second set, it was the Williams College pair breaking serve first, but once again giving the lead right back in the next game. Hansen and Loeffler went ahead for good with a break at 3-2, breaking again to win the match at 5-2.
The final match of the day was also the quickest, finishing in just under an hour. Tyler Junior College’s Kerrie Cartwright was eager to bounce back from her earlier loss in the women’s singles final and earn the women’s doubles championship. Cartwright and partner Audrey Leitz wasted no time to take a quick lead, finishing off the first set 6-1 against Oklahoma Christian’s Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova. Cartwright and Leitz broke to open the second set, and Brhane and Sipkova showed no signs of mounting a comeback. After the Oklahoma Christian duo held to make the score 2-1 in favor of Tyler, Cartwright and Leitz took the final four games of the match to win 6-1, 6-1. Their win marks the first time a women’s JUCO representative won the Super Bowl since 1997, when McLennan Community College’s Tagifano Soonalole claimed the women’s singles crown.