September 28, 2008
Final Day of the Wilson/ITA New England Tennis Championships
The final day of the Wilson/ITA New England Championships was marked by great competition. The Ephs were represented in the semi-finals of the singles tournament by junior Jeremy Weinberger. Weinberger fought hard till the end but was unable to overcome the challenge of the eventual champion, Middlebury's Conrad Olson.
The doubles final was an all Maine affair with the team of Stein-Rupainge (Bates) defeating Sullivan-White (Bowdoin) (8-5).
Coach Dave Donn saw the tournament as a great learning experience for the squad, "I see a great deal of potential in this group and am really enjoying working with them every day...I saw a lot of good things in this tournament and certainly have a much better idea of what each person will need to do to improve for the rest of the fall and leading into the spring season"
In order to hold a tournament of this magnitude a small army is needed to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Even though the elements did not cooperate, the tournament went off with out a hitch. Coach Dave Donn was appreciative of all the hard work done behind the scenes, "it was an honor to have our region's biggest fall tournament here at Williams once again...I am extremely happy with how things turned out and want to thank everyone who made a tournament like this possible"
The Ephs will next take the court against the Brewers of Vassar College at 4:15 on Wednesday (10/1).
September 27, 2008
Day two of the Wilson/ITA New England Tennis Championships
Junior Jeremy Weinberger kept the Ephs tournament hopes alive today advancing to the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA New England Championships.
In the round of 16, Weinberger dropped the first set to the number one seed, Sullivan of Bowdoin, but battled back to get the three set upset, 2-6,6-3,6-3. Weinberger then moved on, defeating teammate Karol Furmaga '09 in the quarterfinals. Tomorrow morning, Weinberger will face off with Olson of Middlebury for a spot in the finals.
The final day of play will kick off tomorrow morning in Towne Field House.
September 26, 2008
Day one of the Wilson/ITA New England Tennis Championships
The First Day of the Wilson/ITA New England Championships took place yesterday, as six Ephs advanced to the round of 16. Williams also excelled in doubles, as two pairs made it to the quarterfinals to be played today.
Senior co-captain Karol Furmaga battled through a 6-7(5),6-4,(10-6) upset of the eight seeded Brown of Colby on his way to the round of 16. Furmaga also made it to the quarterfinals in doubles with his partner and co-captain Rick Devlin '09. Devlin will join his partner in the round of 16, facing the second seeded Lerner of Amherst.
The Ephs also got a strong performance out of the freshmen doubles pair of Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie. The doubles pair also advanced to the quarterfinals and will face the second seeded pair of Samarth and Yahng from Trinity. Shallcross will face the number four seed, Stein of Bates, and Petrie will face the number six seed, Peters of Middlebury, in the singles round of sixteen.
Nick Lebedoff '10, the seventh seed, cruised through his second round match and will face Farah of Middlebury in the round of sixteen. Joining Lebedoff, will be junior Jeremy Weinberger after winning his first two matches in straight sets.
Coach Dave Donn was happy with his team's performance, "The team competed extremely well and I am excited to see how we do in tomorrow's matches, we'll certainly come out of this weekend with a good idea of what we're doing well and what we need to improve on, this is such a deep, competitive region."
Play will continue today in Towne Field House.
September 24, 2008
Williams College is hosting one of the 63 Wilson/ITA Regional
Championships played across the country over the last three weeks
of September. Play at Williams will begin September 26 at 9:00 AM
and conclude on the 28th.
Play outdoors will be on the Torrence M. Hunt Tournament Courts and if the weather forces play indoors both Lansing Chapman Rink and Towne Field House will be used.
The Wilson/ITA New England Men's Championships will feature the top NCAA Division III schools in the region. The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Oct. 16-19 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
Six of the top 25 teams in Division III will be on hand this weekend for the tournament: Middlebury (5), Williams (6), Bowdoin (10), Trinity (13), Amherst (15), and Bates (22).
Top seeds in this year's singles event include Bowdoin sophomore Stephen Sullivan, the top seed, who finished last season ranked fifth nationally. Spencer Feldman of Trinity, seeded second, lost in the finals to the Ephs' Dan Greenberg last fall. Amherst's Zack Lerner and Bates' Ben Stein were both semi-finalists last fall..
Bates' number one doubles team of Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe has been awarded the top seed. Stein/Rupasinghe advanced to last spring's NCAA Championships semi-final round.
1. Stephen Sullivan (Soph.) - Bowdoin
2. Spencer Feldman (Jr.) - Trinity
3. Zack Lerner (Sr.) - Amherst
4. Ben Stein (Sr.) - Bates
5. Conrad Olson (Sr.) - Middlebury
6. Andrew Peters (Soph.) - Middlebury
7. Nick Lebedoff (Jr.) - Williams
8. Bryan Brown (Sr.) - Colby
1. Ben Stein/Amrit Rupasinghe (Jr.) - Bates
2. Gautam Samarth (Sr.)/David Yahng (Sr.) - Trinity
3. Bryan Brown/Alex Chin (Sr.) - Colby
4. Nick Lebedoff/Bret Thacher (Sr.)- Williams
The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA's four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). These championships are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine the levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA and the California schools). Participants are determined through these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.