2013 ITA Summer Circuit Results – Week One
SKILLMAN, NJ (July 2) - The University of Mary Washington and the University of Missouri - Kansas City hosted opening action this past weekend for the 2013 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. These tournaments set the stage for an exciting summer of tennis.
In the men's singles final, fifth-seeded Harrison O'Keefe defeated top-seeded Hunter Koontz. After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, O'Keefe bounced back to win the second set, 6-4. In the deciding supertiebreaker, O'Keefe prevailed with a 10-5 victory. He also upended the No. 2 seed in the semifinals.
In women's singles, Spencer Liang won in straight sets against No. 1-seeded Emily Flickinger in the quarterfinals, defeating her 6-4, 6-3. Liang followed that victory with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Shannon Hudson in the semifinals. Liang captured the title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Katelyn Stokes. Liang will be one of four freshmen on the Harvard women's tennis team in the fall.
Liang paired with Hudson, her opponent in the singles semifinals, to defeat the unseeded pair of Megan Hahn and Emily Hughes, 8-6, in the women's doubles final. Hahn and Hughes were coming off a win over No. 1-seeded Natasha Provenshka and Kelly Williford in the semifinals. Hudson and Liang dropped just two games en route to the finals.
In the men's doubles quarterfinals, Zach Landy and Michael Riley defeated the No. 4-seeded duo of Conor Dauer and Austin Davidow, 8-1. In the semifinals, the duo maintained momentum against Reid Dillon and Lewis Tonon, a pair that defeated the top seed in the quarterfinals, earning an 8-5 victory. The finals were no different for Landy and Riley, defeating third-seeded Tanner Baine and Evan Charles, 8-5.
Missouri - Kansas City
In men's singles action, Vinh Pham battled to win three-set matches in both the quarterfinals and semifinals to earn a place in the championship. In the finals, Pham needed two tiebreakers to oust Court Clark and claim the title. Pham will attend UMKC in the fall.
Kerrie Cartwright did not surrender a single set en route to capturing the women's singles crown. Cartwright dropped just four games in the first three rounds before being pushed to a first-set tiebreaker in the semifinals by Montse Fernandez. She prevailed in that match before defeating Rachel Stuhlmann, 6-3, 6-4, in the finals. Cartwright won a national title with Tyler Junior College as a freshman before transferring to Florida State for her sophomore year.
The women's doubles final was hotly contested, with the tandem of Natalie Looney and MacKenna Maddox squeaking out a 9-7 victory over Montse Fernandez and Summer Schlotterback. Looney and Maddox were tested right out of the gates, but rode the confidence of their 8-6 victory in the first round throughout the tournament.
Josh Girson and Alec Kaczkowski won three consecutive 8-6 decisions to capture the men's doubles title, capping it off with a win over Sam Laudon and Louie Stuerke, who knocked out singles champion Pham in the quarterfinals.
Upcoming Tournament Schedule
July 1-6: Pittsburgh
July 5-7: Laguna Niguel
July 6-8: Saint Mary's, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Wichita State, Colorado Boulder, Florida State, and Abilene Christian
For a full schedule and complete draw information, visit our 2013 ITA Summer Circuit page.
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Since its inception in 1993, nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in the ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. Providing college and junior athletes (along with alumni) the opportunity to compete in organized events year round, the Circuit remains open to anyone as long as he/she is a current ITA member. There are nine regional circuits that span across the United States, which include thirty-five different tournaments. These open tournaments culminate with the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, on August 10-13. Everyone is eligible to enter the National Summer Championships.