Utah State Women's Tennis Players Finding Success On ITA Summer Circuit
July 9, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's tennis has had a very productive summer as several players have taken part in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit.
Sophomore Nini Guensler and incoming freshmen Erin Freeman and Maggie O'Meara took part in the ITA Laguna Niguel Summer College Circuit Tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., July 5-7.
"It was important for our program to start competing in the summer circuit, so it was really nice to see these three Aggies do well this past weekend," head coach Sean McInerney said.
Overall, the three Aggies went an impressive 8-3 in singles last weekend, while ending with a 3-1 doubles record. Guensler went 5-1 and eventually won the back draw, capturing a huge win against top-seeded Duke sophomore Alyssa Smith. Freeman advanced to the round of 16 in the main draw before losing to April Scatliffe, who will attend UC Santa Barbara. O'Meara reached the round of 32 in the main draw before having to withdraw with a 5-4 lead against future Georgetown Hoya Victoire Saperstein.
Freeman and Gunesler teamed up in doubles, earning a stellar 3-1 record, advancing to the semifinals before losing to Benotto and Perez, 8-1.
Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of nine regional circuits (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas, Northern California and Southern California) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind. in August.
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