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Final match-ups set at ITA National Indoors Championships

Virginia's Devvarman, Illinois' Rowe advance in men's singles finals; Arkansas's Miseviciute, Clemson's Mijcaika to face off in women's singles final

COLUMBUS, OHIO Final match-ups are set at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships hosted by The Ohio State University at the Racquet Club of Columbus. Illinois's Ryan Rowe beat Adam Homstrom from Denver in Saturday's semifinals and will face NCAA champ Somdev Devvarman from Virginia in tomorrow's men's singles final. On the women's side, Arkansas's Aurelija Miseviciute beat Taylor Ormond from Baylor to advance to the finals, where she will face off against Clemson's Ani Mijacika.

In doubles, USC's Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof beat Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga from Texas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Farah and Van't Hof will try to echo past successes: USC leads all schools with four men's doubles champions (the last ones being Brian MacPhie and Jon Leach in 1992) and Van't Hof's father, Robert, reached the singles final at inaugural ITA Indoor in 1978, before winning the NCAA title in 1980. The USC duo will take on No.1 seeds Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey from Virginia, who beat Taylor Fogelman and Chris Kearney from UNC, 6-4, 6-4. Devvarman is looking to become the first player to sweep the men's singles and doubles titles since Oklahoma State's Pavel Kudrnac did it in 1998; only two other players have accomplished the feat in tournament history: USC's Luke Jensen in 1987 and Trinity's Erick Iskersky in 1979.

In women's doubles, Notre Dame's Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft beat TCU's Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the finals. They will take on Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor, who beat Miami's Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2. Buck and Tefft made it to the semifinals of last year's Indoors, and won the ITA National Summer title in 2006, as well as five USTA national doubles titles together in the junior ranks. Both Buck and Tefft are Oklahoma natives, and are 13-2 so far this season. Baylor's Broosova and Zemenova are both from Slovakia, and have registered a 12-2 mark this fall. It will be the first appearance in a doubles final for both schools.

Arkansas and Clemson are also making their first appearances in the finals this year. Arkansas's Miseviciute beat Ormond in the semifinal 6-3, 6-2, while Mijacika beat Duke's Ellah Nze 6-1, 6-1.  Miseviciute has a 25-1 record so far this season, with 15 of her wins coming against ranked opponents. Mijacika becomes the first women's player since Duke's Ansley Cargill in 2000-01 to reach All-American and Indoor singles finals in same season; she lost to Cal's Susie Babos in All-American final last month

Devvarman, Virginia's first finalist, advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stanford's Alex Clayton, while Rowe beat Homstrom, 7-6(7), 6-3. Rowe is Illinois's third National Indoors finalist; the last Illinois player in the finals was Ryler DeHart, who won the tournament in 2004. Rowe, a senior from Moline, Illinois, is having the best singles tournament of his career. Previously, his best singles finish was a quarterfinal appearance at the 2006 All-American. He has had success in doubles as well, as Rowe was a part of a team that won the NCAA championships in 2006, and made it to the NCAA finals in 2007. His match against Devvarman in the finals will be the first career meeting between the two. Devvarman, a senior from Chennai, India who is 13-1 this season, has not lost a set in this tournament so far. His victory on Saturday against Clayton was his 126th career singles win, which broke Brian Vahaly's school record.

All final matches will be played on Sunday; consolation matches will start the action at 9 a.m., with main draw finals beginning at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

The tournament can be followed on the ITA official website (www.itatennis.com) and on thebraingame.net, which will be broadcasting live streaming video and interviews of Sunday's finals action.

Men's Singles Semifinals          
Somdev Devvarman, Virginia (1), def. Alex Clayton, Stanford, 6-4, 6-4.
Ryan Rowe, Illinois, def. Adam Holmstrom, Denver, 7-6(7), 6-3.

Women's Singles Semifinals
Aurelija Miseviciute, Arkansas, def. Taylor Ormond, Baylor, 6-3, 6-2.
Ani Mijacika, Clemson (4), def. Ellah Nze, Duke, 6-1, 6-1.

Men's Doubles Semifinals        
Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey, Virginia, (1) def. Taylor Fogelman and Chris Kearny, UNC, 6-4, 6-4
Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof, USC, def. Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga, Texas, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Women's Doubles Semifinals
Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor, def. Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth, Miami, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2.
Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft, Notre Dame, def. Macall Harkings and Anna Sydorska, TCU, 6-4, 6-3.

 
 

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