ROME, Ga. – On the final day of play from the Rome Tennis Center, more National Champions were crowned as Division II and NAIA representatives battled it out in both singles and doubles draws on the day.
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In the Division II Women’s Singles Final, Barry’s Deniz Khazan defended her ITA Cup Championship, taking down Washburn’s Sofia Smagina in a three-set thriller in which Khazan won 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 to retain the title.
Men’s Singles saw Santiago Perez of Columbus State come back from a first-set deficit to claim his first ITA Cup Championship over Valdosta State’s Luca Mack. As one of the top NAIA players over these past few seasons, Perez will look to continue to elevate his game at the Division II level this season after making the jump this summer.
Another top-seed was crowned National Champions in the Women’s Doubles Draw as Nova Southeastern’s Fatima Bizhukova and Natalie Espinal continue the Sunshine State Confrence’s dominance on the women’s side of play.
Edgar Destouet and Tom Niklas Zeuch of UIndy are the 2022 Division II Men’s Doubles Champions. The unseeded duo took down the second-seeded team of Tomas Descarrega and Facundo Bermejo, West Florida, in the Championship Match.
Across the NAIA Championships, it was all Georgia Gwinnett on the afternoon as the Grizlies take home three of the four National Championships, including having the runners-up in two Championship Matches as well.
The Men’s Singles Championship paired Paras Dahiya, Georgia Gwinnett, against Gabriel Ortiz, Tennessee Wesleyan, with the result favoring Dahiya who capped off his impressive tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the Championship Match.
In Women’s Singles, it was an all Keiser matchup with Violet Apisah coming out on top, finishing a stretch of four matches in which she only lost twelve games.
Men’s Doubles was one of the two all Georgia Gwinnett matchups as Jose Dugo and Leo Sprovieri took down teammate and top-seeds Paras Dahiya and Dhakshineswar Suresh 7-6, 6-4 in today’s final.
Finally, in the NAIA Women’s Doubles Final, Georgia Gwinnett’s Cassidy Mataia and Liza Velykorodna bested teammates Iryna Lysykh and Stephanie Fernandez to claim the Championship and the Grizzlies third Championship on the day.