ITA National Champions Crowned
Aug. 14, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
William and Mary's Ragini Acharya and Tennessee's Chris Racz captured the singles titles Tuesday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center. Duke's Melissa Mang and Tory Zawacki and Harvard's Sasha Ermakov and Ashwin Kumar claimed the doubles titles.
Today's singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2007-08 collegiate tennis season - the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October.
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 24 regional sites throughout the country last month. This year, 2,589 players have participated in circuit events, the second highest participation total since its inception in 1993 and just shy of last year's record of 2,624.
William & Mary's Acharya of Pulaski, Va. beat Notre Dame's Brook Buck, in a tight 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 (match tie-break) singles final. Acharya, a sophomore who finished No. 12 in Fila East Region Rankings in singles this past season, went all week without losing a set until the final match. She upset her third seeded player in a row in the semifinals this morning as she beat Marshall's No. 4 seed Kellie Schmitt 6-4, 7-5. Buck is the first player to appear in consecutive women's finals since Vanderbilt's Amanda Fish in 2003-04. Buck, a senior from Yukon, Okla., beat No. 2 seed Amanda Taylor of Vanderbilt 7-5, 7-5 in her semifinal match. Both Acharya and Buck were Nos. 9-16 (alphabetical) seeds this week.
Tennessee's Racz, a sophomore from Philadelphia, beat Michigan's Mike Sroczynski (Sophomore, Chatham, N.J.), 7-6(6), 6-1 in today's men's final. Racz, who went 22-8 as a freshman last year for the Vols, upset No. 2 seed Will Gray from Tulsa this morning in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-4. Sroczynski, a No. 5-8 seed, beat Florida State's Chris Cloer 6-1, 6-0 in the other semi. Racz, a No. 9-16 seed, is Tennessee's first ITA Summer Champion since Wade Orr won back-to-back titles in 2001-02. In doubles, Duke's Mang and Zawacki and Harvard's Ermakov and Kumar came out with the titles. Both are the first ITA National Summer champs from their programs.
On the men's side, Ermakov and Kumar, the No. 2 seeds, beat the top-seeded team of Dominic Inglot and Houston Barrick from Virginia, 8-4. In the semifinals yesterday, Ermakov and Kumar edged Marius Adamski (Wake Forest) and Ted Kelly (Stanford), winning 9-8(5) to earn their spot in the championship.
Duke's Mang and Zawacki pulled through with an 8-2 win over Princeton's Taylor Marable and Rebecca Parks in the women's final. The Blue Devil duo upset top-seeded Keri Robinson and Lauren Lui from Northwestern, 9-8(4), in yesterday's semis to earn their spot in the championship.
The runners-up in each draw earned wild cards into the All-American qualifying tournaments.
This was the seventh straight year IU served as tournament host.
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