INTERCOLLEGIATE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State University & Racquet Club of Columbus - November 3-6, 2005
Sunday, November 6th, 2005-Final Day
The Ludovic Walter/Benjamin Kohlleffel (pictured above in the middle, with their coaches alongside) match looked like it was going to be a lot like the men's doubles -- all serve, few long points. The first set went through with only the one break for UCLA's Ludovic. He kept it for a 7-5 take. The second set, however, was very different. There was actually more playing, but less scoring, as Ludovic captured all the big points and the match for a 6-1 win and UCLA's first men's singles Indoors title.
Florida sophomore Diana Srebovic (pictured right) was unseeded at this tournament, but no one told her that. She had all the drive (and talent) of the top-ranked and there is no doubt she will be in that group through the season. The final match with Stanford's Theresa Logar was a spectacular one. Two players who both had great all-around games -- from serve to forehand to volley -- made for many crowd pleasing points. The games were close, with frequent deuces. The 7-5,6-4 score was true to form with Diana having just that small edge throughout.
It was deja vu yesterday at Ryler Deheart's (pictured below, far right) match as the Illinois senior once again lost a tiebreaker in a serving duel first set and then came back as the clear winner in the second. The only difference in today's consolation final with Duke's Jonathan Stokke (pictured below, right) was that the second set was 6-2 and the third did not go into a tiebreaker. That's not to say the last two sets were not good tennis. Both players displayed a host of great shots and kept the onlookers guessing. In the end last year's champ left with Assistant Coach Kent Kinnear with another trophy this year. Though it was not the top prize he hoped for, he was still a happy Illini.
It was a great day for Stanford's Anne Yelsey (below, left). First she partnered with Alice Barnes (below, right) to take home the women's doubles title, giving up very little to Sara Anundsen & Jenna Long. The North Carolina duo had gone through the draw unseeded, creating quite a few upsets, but it was the end of the road as they faced an NCAA champion partnered with an NCAA finalist.
I couldn't have asked for a more exciting four days at my first ITA Indoors. A special thanks to the Racquet Club of Columbus, Tournament Director Al Wermer, the Ohio State University, ITA Media Director (the best in the business) Casey Angle, my friend Colette Lewis from Zoo Tennis and the University Plaza Hotel staff who all helped make it a terrific event I look forward to returning to.
Until Next Year,
Singles Winner Benjamin Kohlloeffel
signs autographs for kids
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