October 20th, 2015
USF, UF, Lynn, ASA Miami Win USTA/ITA College Tennis Titles
Florida schools brought home titles last weekend from both the 2015 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country and the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in South Carolina.
The University of South Florida’s Roberto Cid, ranked No. 13 in the country, defeated the University of Florida’s Diego Hidalgo 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Gainesville. Hidalgo rebounded to win the doubles with UF teammate Gordon Watson, defeating the University of North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins and Yannick Zuern 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
With their wins, USF’s Cid and UF’s Hidalgo-Watson now advance to the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, to be held Nov. 12-15, in Flushing, N.Y.
The 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships were held Oct. 15-18 at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C., where Lynn University in Boca Raton and ASA Miami brought home titles.
The National Small College Championships showcases the top student-athletes in Division II, Division III, Junior/Community College and the NAIA.
In Division II play, unseeded Rosalie Willig and Diana Bogolii of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., upset Armstrong State’s No. 1-seeded team of Nicole Fossa Huergo and Carolina Prats-Millan 6-2, 6-2 to win the women’s doubles title.
Natalie Siedliska of St. Leo University in Florida was a runner-up in the Division II women’s final, falling to No. 1 seed Alejandra Cisneros of Armstrong State 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In junior college play, ASA College-Miami took both the women’s titles as top-seeded Macarena Olivares defeated Gabrielle Andrews (Tyler Junior College) in the singles final, and won the doubles with partner Megane Blanco, defeating ASA Miami teammates Tyler Smith and Mingxiu Du 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
In the women’s Super Bowl tournament, which combines each small college Division II, Division III, Junior/Community College and the NAIA singles and doubles winner to determine overall champions, ASA Miami’s Olivares lost to Alejandra Cisneros (Armstrong State) 6-0, 6-2 in the women’s singles final, and Lynn’s Willig-Bogolii beat ASA Miami’s Olivares-Blanco in the doubles final.
The Small College Championships division winners also receive entry into the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.
For more USTA/ITA Championships results go to www.itatennis.com.
Correction: headline and story reference corrected to note Cid from USF.