FALL 2008 COLLEGE TENNIS WRAP-UP

The fall season is just a preview of things to come for many as it focuses more on the individuals than the team, but it is not without some great competitions. Taking a look at some of the highlights will give us a preview into things to come in the spring season that begins in January 2009.

NCAA DIVISION I
With two of the majors taking place, the fall season can't be discounted in Division I. The ITA D'Novo Men's All American Championships saw the SEC take the lead as LSU's Michael Venus took the singles crown and doubles went to the Ole Miss duo of Jonas Berg & Bram ten Berge. At the Riveriera All American Championships, Arizona State sophomore Kelcy McKenna was the singles winner and qualifiers Irina Falconi & Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech were the doubles winners.

The ITA National Indoors in November is an individual event which features both men and women. After three years in Columbus with Ohio State hosting, the event moved to the University of Virginia and the shift East seemed to be a lucky one for New Yorkers as Buckeye Bryan Koniecko (pictured, above) was the singles winner and fellow New Yorker Cory Parr took doubles with his Wake Forest partner Steve Forman. Bryan was actually the first Ohio State player to win the event since his current assistant coach, Jeremy Wurtzman -- also from New York -- did it in 2003. For the women it was deja vu as Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas earned her second straight championship over Clemson's Ani Mijacika, with this year's match also going to a third set. Fresno State's Renata Kucerkova & Anastasia Petukhova won the doubles in a match that went down to a final set tiebreaker over Notre Dame's Kelcy Tefft & Kristy Frilling (pictured, below)

In addition to Irina Falconi's All American win is one many new freshman faces have also been making a showing: Florida's Carlos Cueto claimed the singles championship at the Seminole Invitational; Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling won the Gator Fall Classic; Michigan's Jason Jung won his first collegiate event at the Wolverine Invitational; And Stacey Lee of Northwestern was the winner at the Wildcat Fall Invitational.
NCAA Division I Fall Rankings will be released on January 6th.

NCAA DIVISION II
On the women's side, it's Armstrong Atlantic once again leading the pack. The school swept the NCAA Championships last year and are poised for another run. At the end of the Fall, they claimed the No. 1 spot in both men's and women's team rankings as well as singles, with Sona Novakova leading the women and Eudaldo Bonet. Sona and Eudaldo were both the NCAA Division II winners at the ITA National Small College Championships.

(Click here for the full NCAA Division II Women's Rankings and Men's Rankings)

NCAA DIVISION III
Consistency is also the case in NCAA Division III where the defending champion Williams women and Washington-St. Louis are the top-ranked teams. (Individual rankings have not been released.) Neither team produced a winner at the Small College Championships where John Kauss of Gustavus Adolphus and Jennifer Kung of the University of Chicago won the Division III draws.

(Click here for the full NCAA Division III Women's Rankings and Men's Rankings)

NAIA
NAIA led the Small College Championships in 2008. Auburn-Montgomery's Delia Sescioreanu earned her top ranking in singles and doubles. The junior from Romania was the single and doubles winner (with Tereza Ververkova) in the Superbowl. It was also an Auburn-Montgomery team, Michael Johnson & Monte Tucker, who took men's doubles, but singles went to Fabio Silva of Fresno Pacific.

(Click here for the full NCAA Division III Women's Rankings and Men's Rankings)

NJCAA (Junior College)
The Hillsborough women are on top once again with Olivia Howlett leading women's singles (no team rankings has been released). Last year's men's leaders, Laredo, is the current No. 1 ranked team with Cledson DeCarvalho on top of singles and doubles with partner Moacir Santos (who happens to also be the No. 2 singles player).

(Click here for the full NCAA Division III Women's Rankings and Men's Rankings)

The fall season ended with the International Collegiate Competition December 4-7 in Poitiers, France. The teams of Americans were led by University of Illinois women's coach Michelle Dasso and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College's men's coach Paul Settles. Competing for the U.S. was John Kauss, Gustavus Adolphus College; Amanda Fink, University of Southern California; Nate Schnugg, University of Georgia; Jennifer Kung, University of Chicago; Michael Venus, Louisiana State University; and Kelcy McKenna, Arizona State University. Kelcy kept a blog during the event which is available on the ITA website, along with the results.
















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