By Steve Pratt
Official Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Tournament Page | Points Race Standings
Where: Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.
Men’s Singles Final: Harry Cacciatore def. Nelson Stafford, 6-3, 6-0
Women’s Singles Final: Carly Briggs def. Miranda Bishard, 6-0, 6-1
Getting to know the finalists: Cacciatore is from Gainesville, Fla., and recently finished his freshman year at the University of Florida. The win marks the second in consecutive weeks on the ITA Summer Circuit for Cacciatore who won in Orlando last week. Stafford is a recent University of Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.) graduate who will play for East Carolina. Briggs is a rising senior at Calhoun High in Calhoun, Ga., and will play for the University of Tennessee. Bishard hails from Orlando and played her freshman year at Duquesne University.
Where: Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
Men’s Singles Final: Cole Groetsch def. Jared Howard, 6-4, 6-4
Women’s Singles Final: Jada Bui def. Andrea Cerdan, 6-3, 6-1
Getting to know the finalists: A business management major, Groetsch (Chalfont, Pa.), played his first year of college tennis at UNC-Wilmington in 2018-19. Howard is from South Africa but lives in New York where he plays for ASA College, a community college in Brooklyn. Bui is a rising high school senior from Canada who last week made the final at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mo., Week 1 ITA Summer Circuit event. Cerdan is from Bloomfield, N.J. and will play at Michigan.
Where: Elon University in Elon, N.C.
Men’s Singles Final: Luke Kusmider def. Jake Kusmider by default
Women’s Singles Final: Carol Elizabeth Kerman def. Nina Sorkin, 7-5, 6-2, 10-3
Getting to know the finalists: Kusmider, who hails from Charleston, S.C., advanced to the final of the Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Week 1 event. Both he and his brother Jake played for College of Charleston. Kerman is from Atlanta and plays at Furman while Sorkin (Glen Allen, Va.), plays for Virginia Tech.
Where: Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
Men’s Singles Final: Trice Pickens def. Steven Forman, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
Women’s Singles Final: Karina Miller def. Lauren Lemonds, 6-1, 7-6 (5), 10-4
Getting to know the finalists: Pickens hails from Cary, N.C., and was the 2018 National High School Coaches Association Boys’ Tennis Athlete of the Year. He currently plays for Northwestern and won the Week 1 event hosted by Northwestern last week. Forman is from Troy, Mich., and finished his freshman campaign as a Michigan Wolverine. Like Forman, Miller of Ann Arbor, Mich., also plays at Michigan while Lemonds from Grand Blanc, Mich., played consistently at No. 2 singles for Michigan State.
Where: University of Denver in Denver, CO
Men’s Singles Final: Ethan Hillis def. Sean Huynh, 6-4, 6-1
Women’s Singles Final: Carmen Corley def. Becca Weissmann, 7-6, 5-7, 10-7
Getting to know the finalists: Hillis is from Centennial, Colo., and plays for Washington University in St. Louis. Huynh is originally from Toronto, Ontario, and will be a senior at the University of Denver. He made the final of the University of Oklahoma event in Norman, Okla., during Week 1. Corley is from Albuquerque, N.M., and a high school senior who trains with the Lobo Performance Tennis Academy. Weissmann from Loveland, Colo., played one season for LSU before transferring to the University of Southern California where she will be a senior this fall.
Where: University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo.
Men’s Singles Final: Nam Pham def. Lucas Horve, 6-4, 6-1, 10-5
Women’s Singles Final: Vasiliki Karvouni def. Julia Deming, 6-1, 6-3
Getting to know the finalists: Pham is from Shawnee, Kan., and plays at Illinois State. Horve is from Forsyth, Ill., and plays for the University of Illinois. Karvouni is from Athens, Greece, and enjoyed a successful rookie year at the University of Kansas. Deming is from Fallbrook, Ill., and is also a Jayhawk.
Where: Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
Men’s Singles Final: Pranav Kumar def. Andrew Esses, 6-2, 6-2
Women’s Singles Final: Jeanette Mireles def. Lucia Quiterio, 7-6, 7-5, 1-0
Getting to know the finalists: A Boston native, Kumar is from Plano, Texas, and redshirted his freshman year at Texas A&M. He won the Abilene Christian singles title during Week 1 and now is tied for first place in the standings with 700 points. Esses is from Houston and plays for Emory University. Mireles is from Houston and a high school junior-to-be. Quiterio is from Alcobaca, Portugal, and plays for Texas A&M.
Where: Pomona Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.
Men’s Singles Final: Tripp Dillon def. Ayato Arakaki, 6-3, 6-4
Women’s Singles Final: Natalia Munoz def. Annette Goulak, 1-6, 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3)
Getting to know the finalists: Dillon is from Phoenix and attends Northern Arizona. He won the Chapman University event during Week 1. Ayato lives in Ojai in Southern California where he trains at the Weil Tennis Academy as a rising high school senior. Munoz of Santa Clarita, Calif., plays for Long Beach State where she was a second team All-Big West selection in doubles her sophomore year (2017-18). Goulak from Oak Park, Calif., provided depth for the Georgia team that set a program record for wins with 28, won the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, captured the SEC regular season crown, and finished as NCAA Finalist
Where: University of California, Davis in Davis, Calif.
Men’s Singles Final: Ryder Jackson def. Issa Yoshida, 6-4, 6-2
Women’s Singles Final: Vivian Cheng def. Anna Bright by default
Getting to know the finalists: Jackson is from Nicasio, Calif., and attended Saint Ignatius High School. He will play for powerhouse USC in the fall. He won the University of Pacific Week 1 event. Yoshida is from Campbell, Calif., and plays for the University of Portland. Cheng attended Santa Monica High School and will play for Yale while Bright is from Boca Raton, Fla., but stayed in Northern California to play near her college town of Berkeley where she plays for Cal.
By Steve Pratt