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2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships


UCLA's Kohlloeffel, Miami's Cohen capture singles titles at ITA National Indoor Championships; Georgia, William & Mary capture doubles titles

COLUMBUS, Ohio - UCLA's Ben Kohlloeffel and Miami's (Fla.) Audra Cohen captured singles titles and Georgia and William & Mary duos claimed the doubles titles Sunday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships. This event, the second of three national championships for singles and doubles during the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season, was hosted by Ohio State at the Racquet Club of Columbus.

UCLA's Kohlloeffel beat Ohio State's Steven Moneke 6-0, 6-4 in today's men's singles final. Miami's Cohen beat Fresno Pacific's Jelena Pandzic 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the women's final. Georgia's John Isner and Luis Flores edged Middle Tennessee's Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom 9-8 (4) in the men's doubles final. William & Mary's Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zorcic topped TCU's Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska 8-3 in the women's final.

UCLA's Kohlloeffel raced out to a 6-0, 4-0 lead in today's men's final. He becomes just the third player to repeat as ITA National Indoor men's singles champion, joining Arizona State's Sargis Sargsian (1994-95) and Trinity's (Texas) Erick Iskersky (1978-79). The senior from Herne, Germany also collected his third national title (he won the NCAA crown last May) and is just the fifth player to win at least three national collegiate singles titles, joining Brown and Yale's Malcolm Chace (3), Miami's Francisco Seguera (3), Georgia's Mikael Pernfors (3) and ASU's Sargsian (4). Today's victory moves his record to 58-5 over the past two seasons. In yesterday's semifinals he fought off match point twice before beating Oklahoma State's Ivan Puchkarov.

"I just had to stay loose when it got to 4-4 in the second," Kohlloeffel said. "I had a couple good points, he had a couple bad ones and that ended up changing the momentum my way again."

Ohio State was going for its fourth straight title at the ITA National Indoor Championships. Jeremy Wurtzman started the streak when he captured the 2003 singles title and Ross Green and Scott Wilson won back-to-back doubles titles in 2004-05. Unseeded Moneke (15-3), a sophomore from lten-Buseck, Germany, registered three top-25 victories en route to the final. He beat Notre Dame's Stephen Bass in yesterday's semifinals.

Miami's Cohen, last year's ITA National Player of the Year, captures her second national title - she won the Riviera/ITA All-American two years ago as a freshman at Northwestern. In today's final she jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and was able to hold on. A junior from Plantation, Fla., Cohen improves to 10-1 this season and 96-10 over the past three seasons. She is just the third player in the past 11 years to reach all three national finals during her career (she also reached the '05 NCAA final). Fresno Pacific's Pandzic, a junior from Split, Croatia, is the first player from a non-Division I school to reach the ITA Indoor women's singles final. She received a wild card into the championships by virtue of winning the ITA National Small College title last month (Fresno Pacific in an NAIA program in its second year of existence). Today's loss snaps Pandzic's 49-match win streak over the past two seasons (all 49 came in straight sets).

"I was kind of shell shocked in the beginning," Cohen said. "She wasn't missing anything. So I just had to ride the wave, start serving better, get a couple breaks and fight my way back into it."

Moulton-Levy and Zoricic captured the first national doubles title for the Tribe program and move to 18-1 this season. They reached the semifinals at last month's Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. TCU's Cetnik and Sydorska were the first Horned Frogs to ever reach the ITA Indoor final. They upset top-seeded Catrina and Christian Thompson from Notre Dame in Thursday's opening round.

"We came in expecting to win it based on how we had been playing," William & Mary coach Kevin Epley said. "At the All-American Championships we reached the semifinals, but felt we hadn't executed well in the big spots. But we learned a lot from that and it showed today because they really stepped up to the big challenges."

Georgia's Isner and Flores are just the fourth duo to win the ITA All-American and National Indoor doubles titles in the same season. In today's final they were down 4-3 in the tie-breaker, but reeled off four straight points to win the title. "We returned better than they did today and did a really good job countering their volleys - that was the difference," UGA coach Manuel Diaz said. "The match really came down to who was able to put just a few points together down the stretch."

Today's doubles final featured three players - Isner, Born and Siljestrom - who stood 6 feet, 9 inches. Isner and Flores are the second Bulldogs to win the ITA Indoor title, joining '82 champs Ola Malmqvist and Allen Miller. Born and Siljestrom also reached last year's ITA Indoor final, falling to Ohio State's Green and Wilson, 9-7.

ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Hosted by Ohio State at Racquet Club of Columbus

Men's Singles - Championships
Ben Kohlloeffel, UCLA (1), def. Steven Moneke, Ohio State, 6-0, 6-4

Men's Doubles - Championship:
John Isner and Luis Flores, Georgia (1), def. Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom, Middle Tennessee (3), 9-8 (4)

Women's Singles - Semifinals:
Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.) (2), def. Jelena Pandzic, Fresno Pacific (6), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Women's Doubles - Championship:
Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic, William & Mary (4), def. Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska, TCU, 8-3




 

 

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