Day One action concludes at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

Day One action concludes at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

Regional champions from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA, and JuCo compete


FORT MYERS, FL. (Oct. 10) - Day one is complete at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Florida. A total of 80 matches were played today in NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College including a round of men's and women's singles, one round of women's doubles and two rounds of men's doubles.  


Fernando Bogajo and Francisco Charters of Lindsey Wilson College
It was a good day for seeded players, as seven of eight top seeds in singles got through their opening matches on Thursday.


In Division II action, men's top seed Bruno Savi of West Florida dropped a set but recovered to breeze through the third set against opponent Juuso Ojanen of Concordia, 6-3 2-6 6-0. He'll next face Jan Meyer of Azuza Pacific who upset the No. 4 seed Pedro Scocuglia of Armstrong Atlantic 4-6 6-1 6-0. The other semifinal will feature No. 2 seed Marko Boskovic of Ouachita Baptist against No. 3 seed Armand Levandi of Lewis University.


The men's Division II doubles final is set, and both finalists played into the night on Thursday to advance. First through were Daniele Piludu andBenas Majauskas of Concordia, who made the final with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Pedro Scocuglia and Pablo Gor-Costales of Armstrong Atlantic. The Concordia duo will face Thomas Gely and Kyle Rowe of Fresno Pacific, who sneaked out a 6-3 1-6 10-6 semifinal win over Marko Boskovic and Vitor Oliveira of Ouachita Baptist University.


In the women's Division II draw, the top two seeds had an easy morning as No. 1 seed Paola Cigui of Columbus State defeated Lucie Sipkova of California (Pa.) 6-1 6-4 and No. 2 seed Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University dropped just a game in advancing to the semifinals. Cigui will face Fanni Varga of Southwest Baptist University while Confalonieri plays Celia Respaut of New York Institute of Technology for a spot in the final. In doubles action, the only seeded upset was Christina Zentai and Fanni Varga of Southern Baptist University taking out the No. 3 seeds, Lucie Rey and Lucie Sipkova of California University of Pennsylvania, 6-3 1-6 10-6.


Paola Cigui (Columbus State), top seed in Division II women's singles

In Division III, men's top seed Eric Halpern of Emory was defeated by Sam Geier of Kenyon 4-6 6-3 6-4 and both No. 2 seed Oliver Loutsenko of Skidmore and Skyler Butts of Claremont Mudd Scripps needed three sets to advance to their semifinal meeting. Geier will face Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon in Friday's semifinals. In men's doubles, Palmer Campbell and Brantner Jones of Middlebury advanced to the final with a pair of straight set wins, and they will contest the final against No. 2 seeds Andrew La Cava and James Rivers from Whitman College.


All four seeds in Division III women's singles advanced in straight sets, led by top seed Megan Tang of the University of Chicago who dropped just a game on her way to the semifinals. No. 2 seed Sonja Meighan of Washington and Lee lost only two games and she'll next face Sofia Vega of Texas Lutheran while No. 4 seed Michelle Satterfield of Emory takes on Tang on Friday. Meighan and her partner Patricia Kirkland, the top seeds in women's DIII doubles, join the other three seeded teams in Friday's semifinals.


Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff of Auburn Montgomery knocked off the NAIA men's singles No. 2 seed, Fernando Bogajo of Lindsey Wilson, to advance to the semifinals, where he'll face Marco Carvajal of Oklahoma Baptist. Top seed Deni Zmak of Embry-Riddle had a straight set win to keep his title bid alive, and he will play the No. 4 seed Aaron Hendrick of Aquinas College on Friday.


Eric Halpern of Emory University

Embry-Riddle's Deni Zmak and Simon Felix upset top seeded Fernando Bogajo and Francisco Charters of Lindsey Wilson to advance to the NAIA men's doubles final, where they will meet one half of last year's NAIA doubles champion team in Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff and  his new partner Miguel Grifol of Auburn University Montgomery.


NAIA women's singles top seed Jade Curtis of Auburn Montgomery had a tight first set but easily won the second to make the semifinals, where she'll play Amy Fritz of Evangel, the No. 4 seed. No. 2 seeded Theresa Schmaus of Savannah College of Art and Design will battle No. 3 Neesha Thirumalaichelvam of Cumberlands for a spot in the final. The top seeded doubles team, Kourtney Howell and Brion Flowers of Xavier and No. 2 seeds Fritz and Jenna Elliott of Evangel both advanced into the semifinal stage without dropping a set.


The top seeds in JuCo men's singles had opposite experiences in their first matches. Top seed Mate Cutura of Tyler Junior College dropped just two games en route to the semifinals, while No. 2 seed Vasil Surduk of Seminole State needed three sets to advance. Cutura faces Nathan Eshmade of Cerritos in the semis, while Surduk takes on Matt Alves of American River.


Ronzai Saurombe and Alejandro Gonzalez of Seward County knocked off JuCo top men's doubles seeds James Martell and Mate Cutura of Tyler Junior College 6-4 3-6 10-3 in their first match Thursday on their way to a finalsmatch-up with Fresno City College's Alec Bessinger and Adrien Varenne.


Georgia Perimeter College's Niriantsa Rosolomalala

Top seed Fausthy Pietersz of Tyler Junior College started off strong in her title bid in the JuCo women's singles draw, not losing a game in her opening match. But No. 2 seed Niriantsa Rosolomalala of Georgia Perimeter was taken the distance in her match with Helga Pinones-Haltenhoff of Seminole State 6-7 (1) 6-0 6-4. 


In JuCo women's doubles, Olivia Erlandsson and Jazz Whittaker of St. Petersburg College ousted top seeds Shawnee-Ann Brelsford and Helga Pinones-Haltenhoff of Seminole State in a doubles match that went down to the wire, 6-1 6-7 12-10. Second seeded Pietersz and Joanna Savva of Tyler Junior College advanced to the semifinal with a 6-2 6-0 win over Maya Mammetgulyeva and Briawna Brown of Fresno City College.  


Play resumes tomorrow in Fort Myers at 8:00am EST with the semifinals of women's singles, to be followed by the men's singles semifinals. 


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