Super Bowl Champions Crowned on Final Day of 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships
All four winners to compete at 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
MOBILE, AL – The 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships came to a close Sunday afternoon as four Super Bowl champions were crowned at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. All four champions will move on to the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will take place November 8-11 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Armstrong Atlantic’s Barbora Krtickova walked away with two Super Bowl titles as she won both the singles and doubles finals, making her the first female player to do so in four years. Krtickova won her first Super Bowl final of the day by defeating Tiffany William of Auburn Montgomery in the singles final in straight sets but it did not come without a little bit of drama. After taking the first set at 6-1, Krtickova seemed to be on her way to a similar score in the second as she held a 5-1 lead. From there, William fought to stay alive in the final and did so as she rallied to win four straight games to make it 5-5. “When you are playing in the Super Bowl final, sometimes the nerves can be too much” said Krtickova. “I just got too nervous and it was hard to close the match.”
Krtickova had another chance to serve out the match at 6-5 but again, William hung tough to force a tiebreak for the set. The breaker was up in the air as neither player was able to take a commanding lead but it would eventually be Krtickova who would come out victorious, winning the match at 6-1, 7-6(8). “She [William] was playing better and better when she saw I was struggling to finish the match, so it was hard to end it but I’m glad I did” said Krtickova.
Krtickova’s second Super Bowl was less dramatic than her first as her and partner Aleksandra Filipovski teamed up to for a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tyler Junior College’s Fausthy Pietersz and Nelo Phiri. “We are really excited” said Filipovski, she continues “we are playing really well now and I hope we can continue playing like this.”
“I went there [USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships] two years ago and it was a great experience so I am very excited to go there again” stated Krtickova. “Hopefully we can go there and show them how we play in Division II.”
On the men’s side, Tyler Junior College’s Adrien Berkowicz brought home the men’s Super Bowl singles championship. Berkowicz, the JUCO singles winner, took on Division II winner Georgi Rumenov of Armstrong Atlantic in the Super Bowl final. In the first set, Berkowicz found himself in an early hole as Rumenov jumped out to a 3-1 lead.
Unwilling to give up the first set, Berkowicz utilized his big first serve as well as a solid return game to win five of the final six games, taking the first set at 6-4. “I tried to fight every point because every single point is very important” said Berkowicz. “He could have won the first set and I think [Rumenov not winning the set] changed the whole match.
Carrying his momentum in the second set, Berkowicz opened the set with two breaks of serve to go ahead 4-0. It would be all he needed as he went on to win the match, and Super Bowl title, 6-4, 6-2. “It feels great” said Berkowicz. “I didn’t know what to expect coming here but it was fun the whole week.”
Looking for redemption in the men’s doubles Super Bowl final, Rumenov partnered with Daniel Regan to take on Auburn Montgomery’s Nicolas Pinones and Tim Hewitt. The duo from Armstrong got off to a good start, which is something they have been doing all tournament. “It’s been the story of our week” said Regan, he continues “we’ve just been flying out of the blocks.” Armstrong’s solid start gave them the first set at 6-2.
In the second, Armstrong was able to get an early break but would eventually give it back later in the set to keep things on serve. However, at five-all, Armstrong would break again, allowing Regan to serve out the match, giving them the win at 6-2, 7-5. “I think it shows how tough we are mentally to be able to win all these matches” said Rumenov. “It’s been a really good fall for us and now we are ready to compete against the Division I schools.”