Harvard's Ko, Georgia Tech's Delass capture singles titles
at ITA National Summer Championships presented by the USTA; Notre Dame,
Purdue duos claim doubles
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Harvard's Beier Ko and Georgia Tech's Jordan Delass
captured the singles titles Tuesday at the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association (ITA) National Summer Championships at the Indiana University
Varsity Tennis Center. Notre Dame's Brooke Buck and Kelcy Tefft and Purdue's
Paul Rose and Kurt Zaske 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 2006-07 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 23 regional sites throughout the country last month. A
record 2,624 players participated in ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit events
Harvard's Ko beat Notre Dame's Buck, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-3 in today's
singles final. Ko, a sophomore at Harvard, won six matches in four days en
route to the title. A former top-ranked Canadian junior who has lived in
Boca Raton, Fla., the past several years, Ko notched wins over two of the
top four seeds during her title run. She is returning to college tennis
after an abbreviated freshman season - she left the Crimson team after seven
matches back in February. She is the first Ivy League player to win the ITA
summer title and the first player from outside the Big Ten Conference to win
it since 2000.
Notre Dame's Buck rebounded to win the doubles title with Tefft, beating
UCLA's Yasmin Schnack and North Carolina's Katrina Tsang 8-5 in today's
final. Buck was attempting to become the first woman to sweep the summer
titles since 1999.
Georgia Tech's Delass, a junior from Marietta, Ga., beat LSU's Danny Bryan
1-6, 7-5, 10-8 (match tiebreaker) in today's men's final. "Danny came out
playing really well in the first set and I was really doubting myself," said
Delass, who finished among the top point leaders in both the East and
Southeast ITA Circuits this summer. "I got down early in the second set and
just kept telling myself to hang in there. I knew I'd have to play almost
perfect tennis to be beat him and fortunately I was able to put things
together as the match went on.
"My number one goal this summer was to win this tournament and get a wild
card into the All-American. So it feels good to be able to commit to
something and see it come together like it has."
Earlier today Delass beat Vanderbilt's Nick Cromydas in the semifinals, 7-5,
6-3, and Bryan beat Purdue's Rose, 6-1, 6-0. Delass, who also won six
matches in four days, is the first player from the Atlantic Coast Conference
to win the ITA summer title since Virginia's Brian Vahaly did in 2000.
Purdue's Rose and Zaske beat Tulsa's Andy Connelly and Will Gray 8-6 to win
the men's doubles title. Rose is also making a return to college tennis in
2006. A senior, he was granted a medical redshirt when a knee injury
sidelined him last season.
Finalists Bryan, Buck, Connelly and Gray receive wild cards into the
All-American qualifying tournaments. The Polo Ralph Lauren Men's
All-American Championships takes place Oct. 5-8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The
Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships take place on the same dates
in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Northwestern's Keri Robinson and Connor Roth, a high schooler from Lisle,
Ill., captured the mixed doubles title on Monday, beating Indiana's Erin
Clark and MIT's Peden Nichols 8-1 in the final.
This was the sixth straight year that Indiana University served as
Over 20,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in
1993. The circuit is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin
Loring and provides college players the opportunity to compete in organized
events virtually year round. It is made up of six regional circuits (East,
Southeast, Midwest, Central, Southwest and West) and each region consists of
four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to
the ITA National Summer Championships.