October 3, 2013

North Georgia Tennis Teams Participate In USTA/ITA Southeast Regional

Complete Men's Results | Complete Women's Results

SUMTER, South Carolina – (UNGAthletics.com) -
The University of North Georgia men's and women’s tennis teams competed in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament this past weekend at the Palmetto Tennis Center.

UNG’s women’s doubles team of Mathilde Baartvedt and Natalia Escobar advanced to the semifinal round of the Women’s Open A Doubles draw.  UNG opened play by defeating the second-seeded team of Ali Evers and Becca Thomas of Wingate before disposing of Columbus State’s Elena Preadca and Camila Tobar 8-5 in the quarterfinals.  The duo was eliminated by virtue of an 8-6 loss to fourth-seeded Julia Graf and Nora Westbye of Francis Marion after racing out to a 6-3 early lead.

in the Women’s Open A Singles bracket North Georgia’s Cameron Williams registered a pair of victories before dropping a three-set (4-6, 6-0, 6-1) decision to sixth-seeded Christina Rustscheff of Queens (N.C.) University. 

UNG’s Mateus Guida opened play in the Men’s Open Singles A draw as the seventh seed and posted a pair of wins before suffering a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Jaan Kononov of Armstrong Atlantic State in the round of 16.   

In the Men’s Open B Doubles draw, it was a pair of North Georgia teams that advanced to the championship as Benmo Oparison/Reinauer and Sam Gantt/Giovani Santos set up an all-Nighthawk final that was eventually not contested. 

Gantt also played well individually as he advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Men’s Open Singles B Consolation draw winning a pair of matches en route.

After an opening round three-set loss to Rodrigo Avila of King, North Georgia’s Alex Reinauer advanced to the Men’s Open B Singles Consolation draw championship posting three victories along the way.  The championship was not played. 

This tournament is basically a chance for us to see where our players fit in against good competition,” stated head coach Kent Norsworthy. “It was good to see both teams competing deep into draws. The biggest benefit is match experience and becoming more mentally tough heading into the spring schedule.”

The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top men's and women's players across the country.  Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges competed at one of the 84 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II level.