2019 Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Week One Recap

Alba Cortina Pou
University of Alabama rising senior Alba Cortina Pou (right) won the singles draw in Tuscaloosa, Ala. last weekend. (Photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

By Steve Pratt

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Where: University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. 
Men’s Singles Final: Harry Cacciatore def. Oren Vasser 7-6, 6-3
Women’s Singles Final: McCartney Kessler def. Taylor Bridges, 6-4, 6-3
Getting to know the finalists: Cacciatore is from Gainesville, Fla., and recently finished his freshman year where he played alongside his twin brother Grey. The two were three-time Florida state doubles champions. Vasser is from New Rochelle, N.Y. and played his freshman season at William & Mary College. The daughter of college tennis players, Kessler is from Calhoun, Ga., and will be a junior at the University of Florida, where her older brother McClain also played on the men’s tennis team. A decorated junior player, Kessler won the Orange Bowl 16s doubles title in 2015. Bridges is from Mesa, Ariz., and is an NC State transfer who will be a junior at LSU.

Where: Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.
Men’s Singles Final: Ryan Fishback def. Simon Labbé, 6-3, 6-0
Women’s Singles Final: Rita Colyer def. Bethany Yauch, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7
Getting to know the finalists: A rising senior, Fishback from Geneva, N.Y. has committed to Virginia Tech. Fishback also competes on the varsity soccer team. Labbe from Repentigny, Canada, outside of Quebec, completed his freshman year at East Carolina where he went 12-7 in doubles. Colyer, from Grimsby, Canada, finished her freshman year playing for the University of San Francisco. Yauch is a rising senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., who has committed to Cleveland State.

Where: University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.
Men’s Singles Final: Alex Van Cott def. Santiago Perez by default.
Women’s Singles Final: Isabella Flodin def. Khyanna Singh, 4-6, 6-4, 10-1
Getting to know the finalists: Van Cott from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., played college tennis at Tulane University just like his twin brother Ian. Perez is from Beverly, Mass., by way of Colombia. Flodin is from Dallas and a high school senior who trains at the T Bar M Academy while Singh is from Queens Village, N.Y., and also a high school senior.

Where: University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.
Men’s Singles Final: Matthew Halpin def. Loren Collins by default 
Women’s Singles Final: Julia Adams def. Mary Beth Hurley, 3-6, 6-1, 10-1
Getting to know the finalists: Halpin is from Lexington, Ky., and will be a freshman at Notre Dame in the fall. Collins is from Indianapolis and plays for Gustavus Adolphus College. Adams is from Knoxville and plays collegiately at Furman, while Hurley is from Novi, Mich., and plays college tennis for Ohio State.

Where: Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Men’s Singles Final: Robert Maciag def. Luke Kusmider, 6-3,6-3
Women’s Singles Final: Abigail Forbes def. Jenna Thompson, 6-1, 6-1
Getting to know the finalists: Maciag, from Sterling, Va., played at Duke and Kusmider, who grew up in Charleston, S.C., played for the University of Charleston. Forbes is originally from Raleigh, N.C., and plays for UCLA while Thompson is a rising senior in high school from Charlotte, N.C., who has verbally committed to playing for Clemson.

Where: University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Men’s Singles Final: Patrick Sydow def. Vincent Rettke 5-7, 6-3, 10-3
Women’s Singles Final: Alba Cortina Pou def. AnneMarie Hiser, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Getting to know the finalists: Sydow plays from the University of Memphis and is originally from Aruba. Rettke of Madison, Ala., plays for Gonzaga. A rising senior at the University of Alabama, Cortina Pou is from Spain and a 2018 ITA Scholar Athlete award winner and double majoring in finance and marketing. Hiser is from Acworth, Ga., and will be a future Crimson Tide player in 2020.

Where: Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.
Men’s Singles Final: Trice Pickens def. Scott Bickel, 6-2, 6-1
Women’s Singles Final: Alyvia Jones def. Jada Bui 6-4, 6-2, 10-8
Getting to know the finalists: Pickens hails from Cary, N.C., and was the 2018 National High School Coaches Association Boys’ Tennis Athlete of the Year. He currently plays for Northwestern. Bickell is from Winnetka, Ill., and plays for Colgate where he was first-team All-Patriots League in 2019 and named to the second team in 2018. Jones is from Midland, Mich., and has played the past two seasons at Michigan. Jada Bui is a rising high school senior from Canada.

Where: University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
Men’s Singles Final: Matthew Rodriguez def. Sean Huynh 6-3, 3-6, 10-4
Women’s Singles Final: Vasiliki Karvouni def. Tatum Rice, 6-3, 6-1
Getting to know the finalists: Originally from Boca Raton, Fla., Rodriguez completed his first season at Oklahoma where he posted a 13-8 record in singles. Huynh is from Toronto, Ontario and plays for the University of Denver. Karvouni is from Athens, Greece, and enjoyed a successful rookie year at the University of Kansas. Rice is from Hot Springs, Ark., and played the past two seasons for the University of Arkansas, where her mother Tracy Webb Rice is one of the all-great Razorback women’s basketball players and a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Where: Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas
Men’s Singles Final: Pranav Kumar def. Arjun Kersten, 6-0, 6-3
Women’s Singles Final: Callie Creath def. Olivia Peet, 7-5, 6-1, 10-4
Getting to know the finalists: A Boston native, Kumar is from Plano, Texas, and redshirted his freshman year at Texas A&M. Kersten is from Dallas and trains at the T Bar M Club and will be a high school junior in the fall. Creath is from Austin, Texas, and will play in the fall at Tennessee. Peet is from Manchester, England, and plays for Texas Tech. Her father Chris is a former pro tennis player.

Where: Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
Men’s Singles Final: Tripp Dillon def. Matthew Gonzalgo by default
Women’s Singles Final: Vivian Cheng def. Natalie Munoz 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-7
Getting to know the finalists: Tripp is from Phoenix and attends Northern Arizona. Gonzalgo is from Plantation, Fla., and plays for Cal Tech in Southern California. Cheng attended Santa Monica High School and will play for Yale while Munoz of Santa Clarita, Calif., plays for Long Beach State where she was a second-team All-Big West selection in doubles her sophomore year (2017-18).

Where: University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Men’s Singles Final: Ryder Jackson def. Daniel Baturyn, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
Women’s Singles Final: Yana Gurevich def. Stephanie Nguyen by default
Getting to know the finalists: Jackson is from Nicasio, Calif., and attended Saint Ignatius High School. He will play for powerhouse USC in the fall. Baturyn from San Leandro, Calif., plays out of the Haviland Tennis Academy and is committed to playing at Fresno State in the fall. Gurevich is from Los Gatos, Calif., and starred for the Los Gatos high school team and trains with the Eagle Fustar Tennis Academy. Nguyen is from Fremont, Calif., and will play at Boston University in the fall.

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