Eight divisional doubles champions were crowned today at the 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. Another eight divisional singles champions will be crowned tomorrow, with all of tomorrow's winners feeding into the "Super Bowl" which will feature all divisional winners (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) in a single bracket to determine four national champions for men's and women's singles and doubles across all Small College divisions.
The top seeded doubles team of Fausthy Pietersz and Nelo Phiri of Tyler Junior College brought home the JUCO doubles title. The duo refused to relinquish a single set en route to the title and won the championship by defeating Chloe Murphy and Lai Wei from the state College of Florida, 6-3, 6-4. Pietersz will also be looking to capture the singles title tomorrow after piecing together a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win in the semifinals over Johnson County's Shannon Beckett. A win from Pietersz would make it three consecutive divisional titles for Tyler Junior College. Standing in her way will be second seeded Chloe Murphy. Like Pietersz, Murphy battled her way through a tough three setter in the first round of singles play but today she was able to walk away with a straight set win against Georgia Perimeter's Niriantsa Rosolomalala, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the championship match.
For the second straight year a team from Collin College has claimed the JUCO men's doubles title. This year's winners from Collin College were Donovan McSeverey and Brady Bohrenstedt. The pair from Collin had a relatively easy path to finals as they won 24 of 30 games played and they looked to be on a similar path in the championship match as they rushed to 6-1 victory in the first set. However, the second would prove to be more challenging as the duo was pushed to a tiebreaker. Ultimately, McSeverey and Bohrenstedt proved to be too much for Seminole State's Tendai Tapfuma and Wikus Myburgh as Collin College took the match, 6-1, 7-6(2). Moving to singles play, Adrien Berkowicz will look to become the first player from Tyler Junior College to win the divisional title since 2002. Berkowicz made his way to the divisional final by taking out Olivier Snaider of ABAC in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the title match, Berkowicz will face Jerel Pleasant from Geogia Perimeter. Pleasant had to fight his way to the finals as he needed three sets to advance to the championship match, defeating Tendai Tapfuma, 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 (ret.).