Day one of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships complete
Three of four top seeds advance
The indoor championships serve as the culmination of the fall season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
This year's event features over 120 players from 46 schools. On day one, first-round singles and first- and second-round doubles action was completed, as well as consolation rounds for doubles.
|Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee knocked out top seed Patrick Pradella of Baylor|
"Everybody here is good," Libietis said. "If you want to win the tournament, you have to win five matches in a row. I actually liked it that the first match was really hard for me, so I can get ready for the next match."
Second seed Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma, the runner-up at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships, made quick work of USC's Yannick Hanfmann, 6-1, 6-4, while third-seeded Julian Lenz of Baylor also won with ease over Mississippi's Nik Scholtz, 6-2, 6-2.
Other seeded winners were No. 5 Gonzalez Austin of Vanderbilt, No. 6 Clay Thompson of UCLA, No. 7 Winston Lin of Columbia and No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik of Illinois.
On the women's side, defending singles champion Robin Anderson of UCLA, the second seed, and top seed Jamie Loeb of UNC were among the winners. Both won in straight sets, with Anderson defeating Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State 6-3, 6-4 while Loeb ousted Sofie Oyen of Florida 6-2, 6-4. The two played in last month's Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships final and are on track for a rematch.
|Women's singles defending champion, Robin Anderson of UCLA.|
Anderson, from nearby Matawan, NJ, said she was happy to be back after her great run to the title a year ago. "My favorite moment [of my college career] was winning Indoors last year. It was pretty awesome, and I'm playing back at home." Anderson next faces Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn, the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl Women's Singles Champion.
The top two seeds were joined in round two by fourth seed Sabrina Santamaria of USC and seventh seed Hayley Carter of UNC. Third seed Beatrice Capra was upset by freshman Jennifer Brady of UCLA, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 while the fifth seed, Zsofi Susanyi of California, lost to Georgia's Maho Kowase 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Seventh seed Hayley Carter of UNC and eighth seed Silvia Garcia of Georgia both advanced in straight sets, but sixth seed Lauren Herring of Georgia was upset by Julia Elbaba of Virginia in three sets.
In men's doubles, top seeded Tennessee duo Libietis and Hunter Reese got their title run off to a strong start with an 8-1 win over Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini of Virginia Tech. The ITA Men's All-American winners next face Jorge Azuero and Shea Thomas of Liberty as they try to capture back-to-back major titles.
Second seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas also made the second round with an 8-4 victory over USC's Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson.
2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl Champions Deni Zmak and Simon Felix of Embry-Riddle pulled the upset of the number three seeds Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA. The NAIA team was ecstatic with their 8-7(5) win.
|2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl Champions Deni Zmak and Simon Felix of Embry-Riddle beat their seeded opponents to advance.|
Felix said, "I can't stop smiling. It feels amazing. Going into it, I didn't know what to expect. I knew they were really good, they're the No. 3 seeds. I knew we had a shot."
His partner Zmak added, "It was a good match for us and it is really good experience. If we are playing our best tennis we can compete with anyone." The Eagles next face Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur of Columbia.
In women's doubles, the top two seeds advanced. Two-time defending champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC got their title defense underway with an 8-4 win over Auburn's Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger.
"It's definitely great to be back in New York. We love it here, especially this facility. We are just taking it day by day, not really thinking about being two-time defending champs," Santamaria said. The Trojans next face Georgia's Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase.
Top-seeded UCLA duo Jennifer Brady and Catherine Harrison also advanced with a win over an Auburn team, as they defeated Jackie Kasler and Jennifer Pfeifler, 8-4.
Friday's action begins atand showcases the singles round of 16, singles and doubles quarterfinals and consolation matches.