The 2014 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, New York wrapped up on Sunday. The Atlantic Coast Conference continued to dominate the college tennis scene with North Carolina’s Brayden Schnur taking the men’s title and Virginia’s Julia Elbaba grabbing the women’s title. The ACC has been giving the almighty Pac-12 a run for their money in the last few years but the PAC-12 also made it’s presence known with USC’s Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz winning the men’s title and UCLA’s Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips taking the women’s title. This was UNC’s second men’s singles title in the history of it’s program, while Virginia took it’s first women’s crown. The team competition of the tournament starts with the Kick-Off Weekend on January 23rd-25th. The Canes’ men’s team will be going to Baylor to play for a spot in the final tournament, while the Canes women’s team will be hosting three other teams for a spot in the women’s tournament.
The Miami Hurricanes wrapped their three-day stay at the Florida Invitational in Gainesville on Sunday. On the final day, the Canes finished 3-3 in singles and 0-3 in doubles. The big win of the day came from Wilfredo Gonzalez. He knocked off the No. 56 George Goldhoff 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to end his Invitational on a big winning note. I’ve been waiting for Gonzalez to bust out of his fall doldrums and he seems to have done that this week with two good wins.
Overall, it was a rough weekend for the Canes. They went up against players from Florida, Texas and North Florida during the three days. The four teams’ final records were as follows:
Florida Gators: 37 wins and 4 losses (90% winning percentage)
Texas Longhorns: 14 wins and 14 losses (50%)
Miami Hurricanes: 8 wins and 28 losses (22%)
North Florida Ospreys: 5 wins and 18 losses (21%) Continue Reading
The Florida Invitational in Gainesville continued on Saturday. The Canes men’s team went up against players from Florida and North Florida today. The results were a bit better than Friday but not by much. They finished 2-5 in singles and 1-5 in doubles. One impressive result was Wilfredo Gonzalez’ win over North Florida’s Norbert Nemcsek. He took the match easily with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Gonzalez has had a bit of a rough fall season so hopefully this match will get him heading in the right direction. Christian Langmo scored the other win for Miami and Gonzalez/Langmo teamed up for the one doubles win as well. The Invitational wraps up tomorrow.
The Miami Hurricanes’ Stephanie Wagner finished her impressive run today at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in New York. In the semifinals, she went up against the 5th seed Maegan Manasse of California. After Manasse took the first set, Wagner fought hard and took the second set to a tie break but finally fell 6-3, 7-6(4). Although Wagner did not win her regional tournament, she received an at-large berth in the singles and doubles draws and had a great tournament in both. In singles, she knocked out the No. 2 seed and All-American runner-up to advance, while she teamed up with Lina Lileikite to advance to the quarterfinals in the doubles draw. Wagner could be ranked in the top ten when the new rankings come out in January. It is going to be very exciting to watch her lead the team through another winning season and deep NCAA tournament run next year.
Canes freshman Piotr Lomacki ended his run in the USTA Futures 30 tournament in Birminham today. He went up against world No. 212 Julio Peralta of Chile in the semifinals. Paralta had entered the tournament as a qualifier but he easily defeated his opponents including the No. 4 seed to get to the semifinals. Lomacki was attempting to get to his first Futures final on his third try but Peralta proved to be too strong and defeated Lomacki 6-2, 6-2. Despite the defeat, this was a great showing by the Canes freshman this week. It’s going to be fun watching him play for the Canes team during the next year.
The ITA Indoor Championships continued in New York on Friday. Stephanie Wagner first went up against the No. 2 seed and ITA All-American runner up Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA. Wagner won easily 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. Later in the day, she met Lynn Chin of California and again won easily 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals! On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Wagner will play the No. 5 seed Maegan Manasse of California for a spot in the final. In doubles, Wagner and Lina Lileikite went up against the No. 2 seeded team Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger of Auburn but came up short 7-6(4), 6-2. Still, this was a great tournament for the Wagner/Lileikite pair. Let’s hope Wagner can bring home the ITA Indoors singles title! Go Canes!
The Florida Invitational began in Gainesville, Florida today. To put it simply, it was a rough day for the Canes. Eight Canes went up against the Gators today but they were unable to get a win, with only freshman Christian Langmo able to take a set. In doubles, the guys went 2-5. The event lasts until Sunday and the Canes will continue matches against Florida, North Florida and Texas. Hope to see them regroup tomorrow and get some wins under their belt! Go Canes!