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SAN DIEGO, CA. – On the final day of play from the Barnes Tennis Center, National Champions were crowned in both Singles and Doubles at the 2022 ITA National Fall Championships.
Sunday’s Championship action saw some familiar faces square off and one newcomer etch his name into history during the final matches of the 2022 ITA National Fall Singles Championships.
In the first singles match of the day Daria Frayman (Princeton), 2021 ITA National Fall Championship Runner-Up, faced off against the top-seed of Fiona Crawley (North Carolina), who was looking to add to her trophy collection after an unbeaten fall season.
With Crawley taking the first set in the match, Frayman tried her best to keep her momentum up after grinding out a victory in a four-hour Semifinal match yesterday.
Not looking to repeat her result from the year before, Frayman fought back in the second set to level up the score and force a third and decisive set. In the third set, Frayman ultimately battled brilliantly before falling in the final set to cap off another strong showing for the Ivy League star.
For Crawley, this marks her second ITA National Championship of the 2022 Fall Season, and she becomes the first to win both Fall National Titles since 2016 when Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) did so. Crawley finishes the season with a perfect 17-0 singles record while dropping only two sets all Fall.
In the Men’s Final, we saw Nishesh Basavareddy (Stanford) face off against Eliot Spizzirri (Texas) for today’s National Title.
For Basavareddy, the bright lights seemed to be of little concern for the freshman, as he would sprint out to a first-set win over Spizzirri with a set score of 6-1.
The second set provided more close action, but it would be Basavareddy who would ultimately break his opponent’s serve first in the set, propelling him to the set victory and the distinction as the ITA National Fall Championships Men’s Singles Champion.
This marks the first Cardinal win here at the ITA National Fall Championships since 2001 (Alex Kim), and the first time since 2011 that a freshman from any school would go on to take the title (Mitchell Frank, Virginia).
Overall, Basavareddy has jumped out to a great start to his young collegiate career with a National Championship already secured after just a few week on campus at Stanford. The 17 year old ends the fall season with a 17-1 overall singles record.
For the consolation draw, Duke’s Chloe Beck was crowned the Women’s Singles Consolation Champion, while the Columbia freshman Michael Zheng won the Men’s Singles Consolation Championship.
In doubles, it was Ohio State and Pepperdine taking home Titles on the day as Andrew Lutschaunig and JJ Tracy (Ohio State) as well as Savannah Broadus and Janice Tjen (Pepperdine) won in today’s Championship Matches.
For Lutschaunig and Tracy, they become the second consecutive Ohio State pairing to win the ITA National Fall Championships, as Ohio State now joins USC as the only programs in National Fall Championships history to win five championships in men’s doubles.
In the Women’s Doubles Championship, Bradus and Tjen went wire-to-wire as the top seeds in the tournament, becoming the first women’s doubles National Champions in Pepperdine history after taking down the second-seeded North Carolina team today.
From the consolation draw, the Arizona State duo of Patricija Spaka and Domenika Turkovic finished off their impressive fall with a Consolation Title, while the Oregon pairing of Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele won the Men’s Doubles Consolation Title.
The conclusion of the 2022 ITA National Fall Championships marks the end of the national collegiate fall season. Sights will now be set to the spring when teams will prepare for the dual-match season and the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the end of January.