Sunday, 22 October 2017 22:02

ITA Regionals Coming Down the Home Stretch

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Just about every ITA Regional Championship will conclude on Monday so I'll let the results from Sunday do the talking. 

Men: 

Southwest (Pepperdine) 

Semifinals
Benjamin Hannestad (Arizona State) def. Alejandro Reguant-Bicardi (Arizona) 6-4, 6-3
[8] Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. [11] Michael Geerts (Arizona State) 6-3, 3-0 ret.

Singles Final
[8] Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) vs. Benjamin Hannestad (Arizona State)

Doubles Final
[1] Benjamin Hannestad/Tim Ruehl (Arizona State) vs. Pedro Iamachkine/Lautaro Pane (Pepperdine)

BYU sophomore Sean Hill capped off a great four days by winning the ITA Mountain Regional with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over the No. 3 seed Ricky Hernandez Tong (New Mexico). Hill only dropped two sets while defeating the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 9, and No. 15 seeds. Below are some quotes from BYU's recap:

“This was some of the most amazing tennis,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I think it was the finest match I’ve seen on our courts—flawless tennis. It’s not as if his opponent didn’t play a solid match because he did. I think Sean would have beaten some of the best players in the world today because he played that well.”

“I’m feeling awesome because I definitely didn’t expect to win the tournament,” Hill said. “I just took it match-by-match. I’m looking forward to Nationals and hope to win some matches. The team has been so supportive of my first year playing for BYU, and they helped me in my last matches.”

For the first time in a while the champion at the Southwest Regional will be someone other than a player from USC or UCLA. The top three seeds all went down on Saturday with Arizona State's Benjamin Hannestad and Michael Geerts defeating USC's Logan Smith and Jack Jaede while UCSB's Nicolas Moreno de Alboran defeated UCLA's Logan Staggs. Arizona's Alejandro Reguant-Bicardi is the fourth semifinalist after a straight set win over LMU's Gabriel Diaz. 

Plenty of results are down below so check them out. 

BYU sophomore Sean Hill has been the star of the show at the ITA Mountain Regional with the unseeded Wake Forest transfer making his way all the way to the singles final after two more big wins on Friday. Hill knocked out the top seed Utah's Dan Little on Thursday and today he defeated the No. 9 seed Utah State's Samuel Serrano 6-4, 6-4 and then in the semifinals he defeated the No. 4 seed New Mexico State's Christofer Goncalves 7-6, 1-6, 6-4. Hill is also into the semifinals of the doubles draw with he and New Orleans transfer Jeffrey Hsu set to play the top seeds from Northern Arizona on Saturday afternoon.

Hill's opponent in Saturday's final will be New Mexico's Ricky Hernandez Tong after the Lobo junior defeated the No. 5 seed Northern Arizona's Tim Handel 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 and the No. 2 seed Utah's David Micevski 7-5, 7-5.  

While the Mountain Regional finished up its second day of main draw play several other regionals just got started on Thursday with a few more not firing up until Friday or Saturday. Below is a brief recap from five of the men's regionals with more updates to come throughout the weekend. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:30

ITA Regional Championships - Week 2

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Last week there were 7 ITA Regionals played which means the remaining 17 are this week. There will be 10 men's regionals and 7 women's regionals with the singles finalists and doubles winners advancing to the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships in early November. All the draws are out and I have listed the top 8 seeds for each of those regionals down below. 

I believe there will be live streaming from 6 regionals with Texas A&M, Yale, Stanford, Kansas, Auburn, and Georgia each having the capabilities to do so. Michigan and Liberty are the only two schools that have mentioned they are doing live scoring so we'll see if there are any more. 

This past week was a good one for recent NCAA singles champions with the 2016 champ Mackenzie McDonald winning the $100K Fairfield Challenger while the 2017 champ Thai Kwiatkowski won the $25K Houston Futures. 

Prior to last week McDonald's best performance at the Challenger-level was the semifinals but he plowed past that point with a straight set win over Australia's Christopher O'Connell and then in the finals he defeated Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-2. McDonald earned a $14,400 payday plus he picked up 90 ATP ranking points which moved him up to a new career-high ranking of 164. 

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