Mocs Set to Compete This Weekend at ITA South Region Championships
PENSACOLA - The Florida Southern men's and women's tennis teams will travel here this weekend to compete in the 2013 USTA/ITA Division II South Region Championships hosted by the University of West Florida and held at Ralph 'Skeeter' Carson Tennis Complex.
This year's USTA/ITA South Regional Championships will include 12 teams on the women's side and 10 men's teams. The tournament, which is limited to just four entries per team per gender on the women's side and the men's teams could enter as many as five competitors, will feature 48 singles players and 23 doubles teams for the women and 48 singles players and 22 doubles teams for the men. The conferences competing this weekend are the Sunshine State (SSC) and Gulf South (GSC).
The tournament being with singles action beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday and will continue up until Monday with the singles finals for both men and women. The doubles finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
The Mocs men's team will be represented this weekend in singles by senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec), junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany), senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.), junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) and senior Vladimir Barabash (Puhovka, Ukraine). In doubles, the two teams will consist of Leavitt and Lundberg and Paradis and Lueber. In singles play on Friday, Leuber and Paradis each received first round byes and won't play until 11 and 12:30 p.m. respectively. Leavitt will open singles play at 8 a.m. on Friday against Saint Leo's Bruno Sisti, while Lundberg will face West Alabama's Logan Boone at 8 a.m. and Barabash will play Alabama-Huntsville's Pablo Herrero at 8 a.m. In doubles, Lueber and Paradis earned a first round bye and won't play until the second round on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., while Leavitt and Lundberg will face West Florida's duo of Domenico Sano and Alex Peyrot at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Competing this weekend for the Mocs women's team in singles and doubles are junior Magda Riutort (Petra, Spain), senior Sabine Goge (Cesis, Latvia), senior Joalis Dominguez (Vero Beach, Fla.) and freshman Dominique Friedrichs (Hufingen, Germany). Riutort is the No. 3 seeded player in singles and has a first round bye, while Goge also has a first round bye. Dominguez will open up at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in singles against Rollins' Taylor Brown, while Friedrichs will face West Alabama's Shannon McEvoy at 11 a.m. on Friday. In doubles, Riutort and Goge are the No. 3 seeded team and will open play at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the second round, while Dominguez and Friedrichs will play together in doubles as will face Alabama-Huntsville's twosome of Marleen Gort and Aniek Remmerswaal in a first round match at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Following the USTA/ITA Division II South Regional Championship, the singles and doubles champion from Pensacola will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Oct. 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Fla. 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 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). 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.
Click here for the complete bracket for the 2013 USTA/ITA Division II South Region Championships