2011 USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow, New York - November 3-6, 2011
The USTA/ITA National Indoors brought together some of the top players of college tennis to compete for the second national title of the year. The event was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, so the players even got to enjoy some of the perks of being at the home of the U.S. Open. In the end, the faces in the winners' circle looked very familiar -- especially on the men's side.
Quite a few players in the men's draws were able to take home trophies from the Indoors to go next to the ones they had at the ITA All American Championships. Mitchell Frank made it two for two as he won both events. This time his opponent in the final was the only one to take a set off him at the All Americans, Dennis Nevolo of Illinois. Dennis once again pushed Mitchell to a three-setter, but the Virgina Cavalier prevailed in the end. Wil Spencer of Georgia, who was the finalist at the All Americans, picked up the Consolation trophy at the Indoors and the Ohio State duo of Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola won their second straight national crown.
Things were quite the same on the women's side, where there were new faces winning nationals. The final in the women's singles was a really surprise, with two unseeded players facing each other. Marta Lesniak of SMU ran through the draw, taking out three seeds in the process. Joanna Mather of Florida had a similar run, which including eliminating No. 2 Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. In the final, though, it was Joanna in straight sets. Duke's Beatrice Capra was the Consolation winner and the unseeded duo of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria from Southern California won the doubles.
The USTA Sportsmanship Awards at the National Indoors were given to Denise Dy of Washington and Eric Quigley of Kentucky, both of whom are seniors and three time All Americans.
photos by Gene Boyars
Men's SINGLES Finals
Mitchell Frank (1) defeated Dennis Nevolo (8), 6-3,2-6,7-5 Semifinals
Mitchell Frank (1) defeated Henrique Cunha (5), 6-2,6-3
Dennis Nevolo (8) defeated Eric Quigley (4), 7-6,6-4 Quarterfinals
Mitchell Frank/Virginia (1) defeated Costin Paval/Oklahoma, 6-0,6-2
Henrique Cunha/Duke (5) defeated Evan King/Michigan, 6-2,6-3
Eric Quigley/Kentucky (4) defeated Haig Schneiderman/Columbia, 6-1,6-2
Dennis Nevolo/Illinois (8) defeated Kevin King/Georgia Tech, 6-7(5),6-3,6-4 Consolation Finals
Wil Spencer/Georgia defeated Sadio Doumbia/Georgia, 7-6,6-3 DOUBLES Finals
Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (2) defeated Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling (3), 4-6,7-5,6-2 Semifinals
Cliff Marsland/Ashley Watling (3) defeated Billy Federhofer/Nassim Sililam, 6-3,7-5
Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (2) defeated Nick Andrews/Christoffer Konigsfeldt (4), 4-6,6-3,6-4 Quarterfinals
Billy Federhofer/Nassim Slilam-Florida defeated Kevin King/Juan Spir-Georgia Tech (1), 9-7
Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling-Tulsa (3) defeated Shaun Bernstein/Evan King-Michigan, 8-6
Nick Andrews/Christoffer Konigsfeldt-California (4) defeated Christian Hansen/Luis Loeffler-Valdosta State, 8-4
Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola-Ohio State (2) defeated Henrique Cunha/Chris Mengel-Duke, 8-6 Consolation Finals
Matt Siow/Matt Spindler-Princeton defeated Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim-Nebraska, Nebraska, 9-7
Women's SINGLES Finals
Marta Lesniak defeated Joanna Mather, 7-5,6-1 Semifinals
Marta Lesniak defeated Denise Dy (5-8), 7-6(2),1-6,6-4
Joanna Mather defeated Nicole Gibbs (2), 6-4,6-2 Quarterfinals
Denise Dy/Washington (5-8) defeated Jana Juricova/California (1), 7-5,2-6,6-3
Marta Lesniak/SMU defeated Mallory Burdette/Stanford (4), 6-3,6-1
Joanna Mather/Florida defeated Lauren McHale/North Carolina, 6-3,6-1
Nicole Gibbs/Stanford (2) defeated Anna Bartenstein/Miami, 4-6,7-5,6-3 Consolation Finals
Beatrice Capra/Duke defeated Robin Anderson/UCLA, 1-6,7-5,7-6 DOUBLES Finals