Wisconsin's Burke, Notre Dame's Langenkamp capture singles titles at ITA National Summer Championships; earn wild cards into first national tournaments of 2005-06 collegiate season

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wisconsin's Caitlin Burke and Notre Dame's Eric Langenkamp captured the singles titles Tuesday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center.
 
Last night Ohio State's Drew Eberly and Chris Klingemann and host Indiana's Sarah Batty and Laura McGaffigan captured the men's and women's doubles titles, respectively.
 
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. The singles and doubles champions from this week's championships earned wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2005-06 collegiate tennis season - the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., October 6-9 (the finalists earned wild cards into the qualifying tournaments).
 
Fourth-seeded Burke, a junior from Cedarburg, Wis., came from behind to edge second-seeded Anna Lubinsky of Texas A&M, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7). Burke is the fifth straight women's player from a Big Ten school to capture the summer title and the first Badger since 1996 champ Melissa Zimpfer. She won five matches in four days en route to the title. Prior to UW, Burke was a four-time state high school champion at Cedarburg H.S. A 10-point match tie-breaker was played in place of a third set for this tournament.

"I was just able to win most of the big points down the stretch," Burke said. "And those big points make the difference in a close match."
 
Notre Dame's Langenkamp, a senior from Scarsdale, N.Y., rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Miami's (Fla.) Eric Hechtman. Langenkamp, a No. 9-16 seed and the first Notre Dame player to reach the ITA final, won six matches in four days to claim the title. Four of his wins were over players seeded in the top eight, including No. 1 Paul Rose of Purdue in the quarterfinals.
 
"It wasn't as easy as the score might indicate," Langenkamp said. "I mixed it up well today, coming to the net at the right times. I didn't want to let (Hechtman) get into a rhythm because he's a really good baseliner. I was able to serve and volley well and just played a good all-around game."