Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Week Three Recap

Michigan State's Lauren Lemonds was a winner during Week 3 of Summer Circuit action. (Photo courtesy of Michigan State Athletics)

By Steve Pratt

Official Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Tournament Page | Points Race Standings  

Where: Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla.
Men’s Singles Final: Sami Ozzor def. Andrei Duarte by default 
Women’s Singles Final: Grace Summers def. Naomi Kasulumbe, 7-6 (2), 6-4
Getting to know the finalists: Ozzor is a high school junior from Daytona Beach, Fla., and trains at the John Hudson Tennis Academy. Duarte is from Atlanta and plays for Georgia State. Summers is from Cordova, Tenn., and played her college tennis at Eastern Illinois. Kasulumbe is a 20-year-old from Wesley Chapel, Fla., and originally from Zambia.

Where: Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
Men’s Singles Final: Boris Sorkin def. Yi Jui Lo, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10)
Women’s Singles Final: Rachel Lim def. Julia Newman, 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (9) 
Getting to know the finalists: Sorkin is from Saint-Petersburg in Russia and plays for Tufts.  Jui Lo is from Taiwan and plays for the Ragin Cajuns at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lim is from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and plays for Harvard while Newman grew up in Natick, Mass., and plays for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Where: Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.
Men’s Singles Final: Robby Ward def. Holden Koons, 7-6 (5), 7-5
Women’s Singles Final: Tess Fisher def. Charlotte James, 6-1, 6-2
Getting to know the finalists: Ward is from Greenville, Del., and will be a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont. Koons comes from York, Pa., will play at James Madison University. A three-time National High School All-American, Fisher is from Vineland, N.J., and will be a sophomore at Rutgers. James is a high school senior from Sharpsburg, Pa.

Where: University of North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C.
Men’s Singles Final: Spencer Johnson def. Brett Winters, 6-2, 6-2
Women’s Singles Final: Elise Mills def. Sayda Hernandez 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (9)
Getting to know the finalists: Johnson is one of the youngest ITA Summer Circuit winners so far in 2019 as he will be a high school junior at Woods Cross High in Woods Cross, Utah. Winters is from River Vale, N.J., and plays for Xavier University. Mills is from Prosperity, S.C., and will play for her home-state Gamecocks in the fall. Hernandez is a high school senior who trains on Hilton Head Island, S.C., at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy.

Where: Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Men’s Singles Final: Bill Duo def. Trice Pickens, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 11-9
Women’s Singles Final: Lauren Lemonds def. Nicole Stephens, 6-4, 6-3
Getting to know the finalists: The former Michigan state high school champion from Portage, Mich., Princeton’s Duo won the tight match against Pickens, who 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 and won the Week 1 event hosted by Northwestern, as well as last week at Michigan State. Lemonds, from Grand Blanc, Mich., played consistently at No. 2 singles for Michigan State and was a singles finalist during Week 2. Stephens is from Atlanta and played her Spartan teammate Lemonds in the final.

Where: Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas
Men’s Singles Final: Max Motlagh def. Alejandro Hayen, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 11-9
Women’s Singles Final: Ivana Corley def. Callie Creath, 6-4, 6-2
Getting to know the finalists: Motlagh is from Dallas, Texas, and will play for Boston College. Hayen is from San Antonio and was an NJCAA All-American in singles and doubles at Tyler Junior College before transferring to the University of Texas-Arlington. Corley is from Albuquerque and will be a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma. Creath is from Austin, Texas, and will play for the University of Tennessee.

Where: Ventura College in Ventura, Calif.
Men’s Singles Final: Ryder Jackson def. Momotaro Kawahara, 6-2, 6-0
Women’s Singles Final: Vivian Cheng def. Caisey Emery, 6-0, 6-2
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. This is his third straight ITA Summer Circuit victory as he sits atop the standings after three weeks of play. Kawahara attends the Weil Academy in Ojai and will be a high junior in the fall. Cheng attended Santa Monica High School and will play for Yale. She won last week’s UC-Davis singles event, as well, and like Jackson also won Week 1 at Chapman University in SoCal. Emery’s father Nelson is the longtime Ventura College men’s and women’s coach as served as the tournament director. She formerly played for Loyola Marymount and currently plays at Cal-State Fullerton. 

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