Fri, Oct. 12, 2012 - [Men's & Women's Tennis]
Members of the TJC men's and women's tennis teams faired well on opening day of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
Adrien Berkowicz, seeded #1, defeated Luis Jaimes from Mt. San Jacinto (CA) in the opening round 6-3,6-0. He later teamed with Jacob Rother to win their opening doubles match 6-1,6-3 again Min/Salomon from Marion Military. However, they fell later in the day in the semifinals to Tapfuma/Myburgh from Seminole State 7-6(3), 1-6, 12-10.
In women's action, TJC's Fausthy Pietersz, seeded #1, escaped an upset bid in the first round, defeating Jessica Worring from Ventura (CA) 4-6,6-0,6-4. She then team up with doubles partner Nelo Phiri and defeated Rosolomalala/Amen from Georgia Perimeter 6-4,6-0.
The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.