Men's Tennis Competes at USTA/ITA Southeast Regional ChampionshipsSeptember 26, 2010
SUMTER, S.C. – Four Anderson University men’s tennis players earned wins as the 2010 USTA/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Southeast Regional Championships hosted by Francis Marion, got underway Friday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C.
Anderson junior Stan Atema teamed with Daniel Gonzalez to oust Francis Marion’s sixth-seeded duo of Jack Bishop and Karl Rogers, 9-8, in doubles “A” action before falling in the round of 16 to Columbus State’s Filip Cojbasic and Martin Shishkov, 8-5.
In singles “A” play, Gonzalez rallied to trip up Pfeiffer’s Johann De Wit, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and moved on to face Augusta State’s 14th –seeded Bernardo Fernandes early Saturday morning in the round of 32.
AU’s Deni Mehagic and Krystof Gulbinovic each earned wins in singles “B” action, with Mehagic collecting a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 win past Coker’s Evan Schreiner and Gulbinovic holding off Augusta State’s Max Coulomb, 7-5, 7-5. Both players were slated to get back on the courts early Saturday morning.
The USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships continue through Monday, Sept. 27 and results will be posted as they become available.
Francis Marion captured both the men’s and women’s doubles titles in 2009, sending four athletes to the ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala.
The ITA Regional Championships, currently sponsored by the USTA, date back to 1981 and for nearly two decades were also known as the Rolex Regional Championships. The ITA Regional Championships feature the top men's and women's players from each of the ITA's regions. All in all, 8,000 varsity tennis players from 600 schools will participate in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships.
Twenty-four men’s programs and 27 women’s programs are participating in the Southeast Regional.
The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 14-17 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall “Super Bowl” champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.