Doubles champions crowned at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships
Singles finals are on tap for Saturday
FORT MYERS, FL. (Oct. 11) - Eight doubles team were crowned national champions on Friday on day two of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Trophies were awarded on Friday for men's doubles and women's doubles in all divisions. Embry-Riddle was the only multiple winner, as they took both NAIA doubles titles.
|Concordia's Daniele Piludu and Benas Majauskas celebrate their DII doubles title.|
The men's Division II doubles final was won in dramatic fashion. Daniele Piludu and Benas Majauskas of Concordia finally clinched the title on their seventh match point to win, after they'd failed to serve out the match up 5-4 in the second set, which they eventually dropped in a tiebreaker. The pair won a tightly contested third set to take the title with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-5 win over Thomas Gely and Kyle Rowe of Fresno Pacific.
Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken of Barry had a much more straightforward win in the DII women's doubles, winning the final in a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of BYU Hawaii's Marika Kobayashi and Marietta Tuionetoa. The fourth seeds did not drop a set on their way to the title.
In Division III men's doubles, Palmer Campbell and Brantner Jones become the third Middlebury College duo in the past six years to win the title. They overcame the No. 2 seeds, Andrew La Cava and James Rivers from Whitman College, 7-6 (3) 6-1 to clinch the trophy. Williams College's Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran were victors in the DIII women's doubles in a battle of No. 1 versus No. 2. The duo upset top seeds Sonja Meighan and Patricia Kirkland of Washington and Lee 7-5, 6-4.
One day after upsetting the top seeds in the semifinals, Embry-Riddle's Deni Zmak and Simon Felix took out Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff and Miguel Grifol of Auburn University Montgomery 6-2, 7-6 (5) to take the NAIA men's doubles title. Embry-Riddle made it a clean sweep of the NAIA doubles titles, as the unseeded duo of Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang were victorious 6-3, 6-2 over Jessica King and Alicia Rodriguez of Lindsey Wilson.
In JuCo action, Ronzai Saurombe and Alejandro Gonzalez of Seward County grabbed the title from Fresno City College's Alec Bessinger and Adrien Varenne 6-4, 6-2. On the women's side, second seeded Fausthy Pietersz and Joanna Savva of Tyler Junior College took the JuCo women's doubles title with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane of Georgia Perimeter.
|Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang of Embry-Riddle on their way to the NAIA doubles title.|
West Florida's top seeded Bruno Savi advanced to the Division II singles final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jan Meyer of Azusa Pacific University. Savi plays No. 2 seed Marko Boskovic of Ouachita Baptist, who dropped the first set but recovered to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Armand Levandi of Lewis University.
In DII women's action, top seed Paola Cigui of Columbus State was up a set but 3-5 down in the second when she was forced to retire in her semifinal match with Fanni Varga of Southwest Baptist University due to a shoulder injury. Varga will face Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University, who easily advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Celia Respaut of NYIT.
The Division III men's singles final will feature Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon against Skyler Butts of Claremont Mudd Scripps. Both players won their semifinals in straight sets to contend for the title match on Saturday.
|Michelle Satterfield of Emory advanced to the DIII women's singles final.|
Oklahoma Baptist's Marco Carvajal's match with Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff of Auburn Montgomery was the last semifinal to end on Friday as the two battled hard in the sun. Carvajal would be the victor in a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win and advance to Saturday's final against top seed Deni Zmak of Embry-Riddle, who has yet to drop a set during the tournament.
Jade Curtis of Auburn Montgomery and Theresa Schmaus of Savannah College of Art and Design will play the NAIA women's singles final as both won their semifinal matches in straight sets with the loss of five games each. Neither player has dropped a set on their way to the final.
Top seed Mate Cutura of Tyler Junior College will face Matt Alves of American River in for the JuCo Men's Singles title after Alves knocked out the No. 2 seed Vasil Surduk of Seminole State 6-1, 6-3. The JuCo women's final will feature top seed Fausthy Pietersz of Tyler Junior College against No. 2 seed Niriantsa Rosolomalala of Georgia Perimeter. Both women won their semifinals by an identical 6-2, 6-0 scoreline.
|JuCo men's singles top seed Mate Cutura of Tyler Junior College advanced to the singles final.|
Play resumes tomorrow in Fort Myers at 8:00am EST with consolation singles matches, and all singles final will begin at 9:45am EST.
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