Week 4 Recap: 2014 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA
SKILLMAN, NJ (July 23) - The 2014 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, was in full steam last weekend with play at nine sites. Just one weekend of play remains before the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships take place on August 9-12 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Highlights from last weekend's action include:
Three-peat for Halpern
Eric Halpern of Emory University, who won the men's singles event at Rutgers, has now won an ITA Summer Circuit tournament in three consecutive years: Middlebury in 2012, Dartmouth in 2013, and now Rutgers in 2014 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over John Wu. Halpern, who will be a senior at Emory next year, has only lost once in singles on the ITA Summer Circuit, in Dartmouth in 2012.
Winning streak for Youel
Nelle Youel won her second straight ITA Summer Circuit title a week after winning at Western Michigan. Youel, who will be a senior this year at Northern Illinois, captured the title at Notre Dame with a tough 1-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory over Alexandria Chatt, who will be a freshman this fall at Northwestern.
Better the second time around
Hadley Berg, runner-up last week at UC Davis, scored a 6-0, 6-3 win over Iveta Masarova to take the title at the University of Pacific. Berg is set to begin her collegiate tennis career this fall at the University of South Carolina, while Masarova will be a senior at University of the Pacific.
Rain rain, go away
The UNC Charlotte event was plagued with rain, forcing the cancellation of doubles and most of the consolation matches. Both singles finals were also cancelled due to weather.
Here are the results, broken down by site:
Men's Singles: Elijah Melendez def. Trevor Gotkowski - 6-2, 1-0, ret
Women's Singles: Luicelena Perez def. Maya Jansen - 6-3, 6-7 (3), 10-4
Men's Doubles: Sullivan/Bates def. Kansol/Barris - 8-7 (5)
Women's Doubles: Perez/Riobueno def. Jansen/Greene - 8-2
Men's Singles: Jayson Amos def. Alec Adamson - 6-4, 6-3
Women's Singles: Zoe Katz def. Mira Ruder-Hook - 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
Men's Doubles: Drew Dawson/Stefan Menichella def. Augustus Ge/Robert Selby - 8-4
Women's Doubles: Annika Ringblom/Margot Pletcher def. Victoire Saperstein/Zoe Katz - 8-4
Men's Singles: Keegan Burger def. Bryan Mehall - 7-6 (5), 6-3
Women's Singles: Maureen Slattery def. Kelli Woodman - 6-2, 6-2
Men's Doubles: Qualls/Haralson def. Mehall/Petrak - 8-4
Women's Doubles: Olivier/Baklini def. Row/Bevard - 8-5
Men's Singles: Quinn Dippel def. Michael Rechan - 6-2, 7-6
Women's Singles: Katie Swan def. Olivia Sneed - 6-3, 6-2
Men's Doubles: Fil/Rahochou def. Hagan/Patrick - walkover
Women's Doubles: Hinton/Collins def. Henderson/McNeely - 8-1
Men's Singles: Josh Hagar def. Quentin Monaghan - 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
Women's Singles: Nelle Youel def. Alexandria Chatt- 1-6, 6-4, 10-8
Men's Doubles: Pecor/Montoya def. McCoy/Sabacinski - 8-2
Women's Doubles: Rischbeith/Lipp def. Chatt/Larner - 8-4
Men's Singles: Eric Halpern def. John Wu - 6-3, 6-3
Women's Singles: Anna Ulyashchenko def. Chloe Lee- 6-1, 6-3
Men's Doubles: Wu/Perez def. Ruderman/Halpern - walkover
Women's Doubles: Shah/Stevens def. Bure/Miller - 8-6
Men's Singles: George Cartledge vs Rob Galloway - cancelled
Women's Singles: Morgan Chumney vs Ansley Speaks- cancelled
University of Pacific
Men's Singles: Addison Appleby def. Ethan Young-Smith - 6-4, 6-3
Women's Singles: Hadley Berg def. Iveta Masarova - 6-0, 6-3
Men's Doubles: Trouerbach/Young def. Appleby/Nield - walkover
Women's Doubles: Berg/Davis def. Masarova/Labintseva - 8-2
Men's Singles: Francisco Colunga def. David Warren - 6-4, 6-4
Women's Singles: Kelley Anderson def. Rachael Sadiq - 6-0, 6-0
Men's Doubles: Warren/Warren def. Agritelley/Bensley - 8-3
Women's Doubles: Craft/Craft def. Anderson/Westby - 8-6
Third winner in "Shot of the Week" contest
The third "Shot of the Week" winner is Maxine Mella (@MaxineMella) with the below photo of Maxine and her doubles partner leaving the Western Michigan Summer Circuit event last week. Maxine wins an ITA Summer Circuit t-shirt.
Remember to submit your pictures for the "Shot of the Week" contest, with the next winner to be selected on July 30. Please tweet or e-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, July 29 at noon EDT. Next week's winner will be awarded with an ITA Summer Circuit T-shirt.
Upcoming Tournament Schedule:
July 25-28: Texas A&M
July 26-28: Cal State LA, Cornell, Florida, Oklahoma, Sonoma State
July 26-29: Indiana, UNC Greensboro
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About the ITA Summer Circuit
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 36 different tournaments.