Nov. 1, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Notre Dame’s ninth-ranked doubles tandem of senior Brook Buck and junior Kelcy Tefft moved into the quarterfinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday. Sophomore Cosmina Ciobanu, the lone Irish player in the singles draw, dropped her first round match.
Buck (Yukon, OK) and Tefft (Enid, OK) made quick work of Amanda Granson and junior Melissa Mang from Duke, 8-1. Granson and Mang earned a bid to the National Indoor Championships by posting a 5-0 record in ITA Southeast Regional competition in October to take the regional title. Their run included an 8-4 win over the second-ranked pair in the country, Clemson’s Ani Mijacika and Federica Van Adrichem, in a semifinal match.
With the victory, Buck and Tefft improve to 8-2 on the year and 67-16 in their career. They will face second-seeded and 10th-ranked Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor of Tennessee on Friday.
Ciobanu (Brea, CA) and Maya Johansson of Georgia Tech battled back-and-forth in a three-set thriller. Johansson took the opening set, 7-5, before Ciobanu evened the match at a set apiece with a 6-4 triumph in the second set. Johansson would eventually outlast Ciobanu in the third and deciding set, 7-5. Ciobanu drops to 10-3 on the season and 46-8 for her career.
The National Indoor Championships is the second of three national tournaments for singles and doubles during the 2007-08 collegiate tennis season. The Ohio State University is hosting this week’s championships at the Racquet Club of Columbus.
The ITA National Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field, which includes qualifiers from Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships presented by Fila, and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Wilson/ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
For full draws, live stats and more information on the ITA National Indoor Championships visit www.itatennis.com.
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