Champions in singles and doubles were crowned in Division III and Junior Colleges on Saturday at the 2021 ITA Cup. Hosted by the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, the ITA Cup concludes on Sunday with Division II and NAIA championship matches.
Lauren Anzalotta of Tyler JC had quite the day on Saturday. She opened play by claiming the women’s singles title 6-3, 6-1 over Justine Lepses of Seward. A few hours later, Anzalotta returned to the court for doubles. She and teammate Destinee Martins outlasted St. Petersburg’s Valeriia Cherfus and Naomi McKenzie 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to win the doubles title.
The men’s singles final came down to a battle of teammates. Cowley’s Takeshi Taco emerged victorious over Boruch Skierkier 6-3, 7-6 (1).
In men’s doubles, Tyler JC’s Diego Dalisay and Jacob Mosvold rallied from a set down to top ABAC’s Gaston Cantero and Cheng En Tsai 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5 to earn the men’s doubles title.
A three-set battle in the men’s doubles final between Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Williams ultimately went the way of the Ephs. Peter Frelinghuysen and Matt Kandel scored a 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory over Philip Martin and Nathan Arimilli.
The men’s singles final also went three sets. After dropping the second set, Middlebury’s Stan Morris regained his momentum and won the decisive final set 6-1 to claim the championship over Chase Cohen of Williams.
Eliza McPherron of Emory and Sahana Raman of Middlebury began the three-set DIII finals trend on Saturday. Raman, the No. 1 seed, took the first set 6-3, while No. 2 McPherron won the second 7-5. McPherron pulled past Raman in the final set to win the title 6-2. The two freshmen displayed incredible sportsmanship post match, sharing an embrace at the net.
Only fitting, then, that the women’s doubles final also went three sets. Dakota Fordham and Carol Plakk of NYU prevailed over Chicago’s Shianna Guo and Sylwia Mikos 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
It’ll be No. 1 versus No. 2 for the women’s singles title. Barry’s Deniz Khazan takes on Central Oklahoma’s Mae Canete.
Canete is also in the women’s doubles final. She’ll team with sister, Christine Canete, to take on Barry’s Daniela Farfan and Kim Moosbacher.
In men’s singles No. 1 Alvaro Regalado of Columbus State faces Joaquin Benoit of North Georgia. Valdosta State’s Rodrigo Carvalho and Luca Mack take on Columbus State’s Pietro Martinetti and Tommaso Schold in the men’s doubles final.
Agustin Tamagnone and Valentino Caratini of Georgia Gwinnett are set to face Xavier Louisiana’s Jacobi Bain and Juan Ramirez in the men’s doubles final. Tamagnone is also in the men’s singles final, and he’ll play Francisco Faria of Olivet Nazarene for the title.
Top-seeded Nicole Coopersmith of Keiser plays No. 2 Stephanie Petit of Montreat in the women’s singles final. Stephanie Fernandez and Maria Genovese of Georgia Gwinnett, the No. 1 seed, take on the No. 3 seed from Keiser, Coopersmith and Vanja Vidanovic.