ITA National Day One Results, Doubles Begin Sunday
Aug. 12, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Top-seeds Lindsey Burdette of Stanford and Virginia's Dominic Inglot were among the opening round winners Saturday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center.
The ITA National Summer Championships presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 23 regional sites throughout the country last month. A record 2,624 players participated in ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit events last year, breaking the record of 2,465 set in 2005.
Stanford's Burdette and all eight of the women's top seeds advanced to Sunday's round of 32. Burdette, a sophomore from Jackson, Ga., had the toughest path of the top women's seed, as she was the only one to experience a tiebreaker. At the ITA National Summer Championships, a match tiebreaker is played in place of a third set in singles. Burdette beat Christina Keesey of Northwestern in the second round, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(7). Also advancing were the No. 2 seed, Amanda Taylor from Vanderbilt, No. 3 Imke Reimers from Nebraska, No. 4 Kellie Schmitt from Marshall, and last year's women's singles champion, Beier Ko from Harvard.
The top seeds fared just as well on the men's side, with all eight seeds advancing. Top seed Inglot held off Purdue's Griffin Nienberg, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to Sunday's round of 32, while last year's champion, Jordan DeLass defeated host Indiana's Jai Yoon 6-4, 6-0 to move on. Also advancing were No.2 Will Gray from Tulsa, No. 3 Wake Forest's Mariusz Adamski and No. 4 seed Amrit Narasimhan from Memphis.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season - the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October.
The ITA National Summer Championships include men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles. Former Georgia Tech player Jordan DeLass (now at Stamford) and Harvard's Beier Ko captured last year's singles titles in Bloomington. Past tournament finalists include current touring pros: Amer Delic (Illinois), Julie Ditty (Vanderbilt), Jennifer Russell (Purdue), K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford), Jim Thomas (Stanford) and Brian Vahaly (Virginia).
This is the seventh straight year IU is serving as tournament host (admission is free).
Over 20,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin Loring and provides college tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. It is made up of six regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships.
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