Seeds win titles at ITA/USTA National Summer Championships
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Seeded players captured all four titles at the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships on Tuesday at Bloomington, with all four winners earning bids into the main draw of upcoming All-American tournaments in the fall.
In men's singles action, top-seeded Sam Monette continued his strong summer campaign with a 6-4, 6-0 over Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt. In the other semifinal, No. 2 seed Zack McCourt from Princeton ousted South Carolina's incoming freshman Harrison O'Keefe in straight sets. Monette, Indiana's rising junior, only surrendered 11 games in three matches leading up to the final and continued his dominance in a 6-2 first set. McCourt won the second set 7-5 to force a match tiebreak for the championship. However, Monette kept the title at home, winning a tight 10-8 tiebreak to earn the win.
Men's Singles Champion: Sam Monette, Indiana
In the final day of women's singles play, Alabama players were set to square off against Vanderbilt players for spots in the final. Alabama's Natalia Maynetto received a walkover in her semifinal against Vanderbilt's Astra Sharma. Emily Zabor, Maynetto's teammate, matched up in the other semifinal against top-seeded Frances Altick of Vanderbilt. Altick registered a 6-3, 6-3 win to earn her place in the championship match. In the final, Maynetto claimed a narrow 7-5 victory in the first set, but Altick stormed back to win the second set 6-0. Just like in the men's singles final, Maynetto rebounded and turned in a 10-8 triumph to claim the title.
Women's Singles Champion: Natalia Maynetto, Alabama
In the men's doubles final, Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor scored an 8-6 win over Valparaiso's Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. Schorsch and Emhardt were coming off an 8-3 win over the second-seeded duo of Monette and Hoosier teammate Daniel Bednarczyk. The Crusader pair also registered an impressive 21-1 record together during the 2013-14 season. Lawson reached the final at this event last year with partner Nicolas Montoya, but fell to South Carolina's Chip Cox and Kyle Koch in the championship match.
Men's Doubles Champions: Alex Lawson & Billy Pecor, Notre Dame
The USC pair of Zoe Katz and incoming freshman Madison Westby triumphed in the women's doubles final, besting Dartmouth's sophomore duo of Jacqueline Crawford and Taylor Ng, 8-2. Katz ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ITA National Women's Doubles Rankings, while Westby joins the Trojans as one of the top recruits in the country.
Women's Doubles Champions: Madison Westby & Zoe Katz, USC
The duo of Lawson and Pecor, along with Monette, receive automatic bids into the main draw of the 2014 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships held in Tulsa, OK. Maynetto and the pair of Katz and Westby, earned automatic bids into the main draw of the 2014 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships held in Pacific Palisades, CA.
To view final draws and daily recaps, please visit the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships event page here.
ITA "Shot of the Week" contest wrapping up
The submission deadline has passed for the "Shot of the Week" contest, with the final winners to be selected tomorrow, August 13 and Thursday, August 14. The final weekly winner will be awarded with an ITA Summer Circuit T-shirt and the Grand Prize winner will receive a complimentary 2015-16 ITA Student Membership.
Previous winners include:
Week 1 Winner: Yvonne Gwynn Baker: ITA drawstring bag
Week 2 Winner: Arielle Williams: ITA drawstring dag
Week 3 Winner: Maxine Mella: ITA Summer Circuit T-Shirt
Week 4 Winner: Yang Lin: ITA Summer Circuit T-Shirt
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.