National ITA Day Two Update
Aug. 12, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
It was a big day for the top seeds in both men's and women's singles action Sunday, as all 16 of the top seeds advanced 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.
On the men's side, 14 of the top 16 seeds advanced, including all of the top eight seeds. No. 1 seed Dominic Inglot of Virginia beat Western Michigan's Kevin Hayward, 6-3, 6-3 in the round of 32 to advance. The No. 2 seed, Tulsa's Will Gray had a two-set win as well to advance, beating Sasha Ermakov of Harvard, 6-4, 6-4. Also making it through with third round wins were No. 3 seed Marius Adamski (Wake Forest), and No. 4 seed Amrit Narasimhan from Memphis, along with last year's champion, No. 6 seed Jordan DeLass.
For the women, 13 of the top 16 seeds, including all of the top eight seeds, advanced after the second day of play. No. 1 seed Lindsey Burdette of Stanford, had one of the easiest wins of the day, as she defeated Nazlie Gazal of Northwestern 6-0, 6-2 to advance. Kellie Schmitt, the No. 4 seed from Marshall, had a tougher match, as she took Georgia Tech's Whitney McCray to the tiebreaker, before winning 6-3, 2-6, 10-5. Duke's Melissa Mang, last year's No. 1 seed, who is seeded at No. 6 this year, had another tough match in the round of 32, as Neela Vaez took her to a match tiebreaker as well, before Mang pulled through, winning 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.
Last year's singles champion Beier Ko from Harvard also advanced, with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julie Blackmore (Ohio State). Ko advances to face off against Brooke Buck from Notre Dame, in a rematch of last year's final. No. 10 seed Buck advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Paulina Bigos from Alabama. Ko, an unseeded entry in 2006, upset Buck, then a No. 2 seed, beating her 6-3, 6-3 in the final match.
Opening rounds of men's and women's doubles took place this evening, with quarterfinalists having been determined.
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 Samford) 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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