Texas A&M, Texas Capture Texas USTA/ITA Titles

As they say, to the victors go the spoils. In the case of the USTAITA Regional Titles, that is especially the case. In that vein, I am reposting the press releases sent by the schools for their champions.

Whitehead wins USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship
As regional champion, Daniel Whitehead is one of 32 players to earn a spot at nationals in New York.

Senior Daniel Whitehead defeated Baylor’s Julian Lenz to win the singles draw title of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional on Tuesday at TCU’s Friedman Tennis Center.

With his sixth singles victory in the last four days, Whitehead becomes one of 32 players to advance to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships in New York.

“It’s really difficult to win this tournament, you have to do a lot in a very short amount of time,” head coach Michael Center said. “The physical and emotional toll of it becomes a big factor. Daniel managed himself in these matches really well.”

The Sugar Land, Texas native is the first Longhorn to win the USTA/ITA Texas Regional singles title since Ed Corrie in 2009.

“This tournament takes a physical and emotional toll on you in a short amount of time,” Whitehead said. “I think I’ve learned over the last few years how to manage my body to be persistent and relentless no matter what is going on in the match. That paid off this week.”

In the finals on Tuesday, Whitehead defeated Lenz 6-4 in each of the two sets. But down 3-4 in the first set and facing break point, Whitehead was able hold serve to swing momentum and rally to win the next three points.

“Sticking with it during that point and managing to swing the momentum was a big turning point in this match,” Whitehead said. “In the second set I was able to keep pressure on him throughout to my advantage.”

The USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships are Nov. 8-10 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships
Fort Worth, Texas | Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center
Results – Tuesday, Oct. 23

Singles
Final
#3 Daniel Whitehead (Texas) def. Julian Lenz (Baylor) – 6-4, 6-4

AGGIE FRESHMEN ADAMS AND VINSANT PUNCH TICKET TO NEW YORK

The Texas A&M freshmen duo of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant knocked off fellow teammates Alberto Bautista and Jackson Withrow, 8-5, in the double championship at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships to claim a spot in New York at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships later this year.

Call it a Texas Aggie two-step, but one thing was for certain for head coach Steve Denton, a Texas A&M doubles team would advance to New York based on outstanding play by all of the Aggie doubles teams this past weekend at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships being held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth. In addition to Harrison-Adams and Bautista-Withrow, the Aggie doubles team of Jordan Szabo and Jeremy Efferding made the semifinals so Texas A&M had three of the four remaining doubles teams.

“We were very excited to have three of the four teams in the semis,” Denton said. “We are certainly further along in our doubles at this point of the year.”

“We also had a great effort by Jordan Szabo to reach the quarterfinals in singles play with three solid wins. We had some others step up in singles but we still have a lot of room for improvement. This fall we are really looking for someone to step up and earn the top spot in our singles lineup,” Denton added.

Aggie freshmen duo of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were seeded No. 3 in the field and knocked off the top-seeded tandem from Texas in Chris Camillone and David Holiner, 8-5, to advance to Monday’s championship final.

On the other side of the bracket, another Aggie duo of junior Alberto Bautista and sophomore Jackson Withrow defeated another Aggie tandem of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo, 9-8, to advance to the title match.

Schools from across the state of Texas, which make up the ITA Texas Region, will be in Fort Worth for one of the fall’s premiere college tennis events. The Texas Region is one of 12 ITA regions that will send players to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships.

The winners of the singles and doubles draw advanced to the aforementioned USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships, which are set for Nov. 8-10 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships Results:
Texas A&M Doubles:
#3 HARRISON ADAMS-SHANE VINSANT
Bye
Win vs. Jeff Bryan-Evan Nix, Texas Tech, 8-3
Win vs. Alex Hillard-Nick Naumann, Texas, 8-6
Win vs. Rodolfo Bustamante-Arnau Dachs, TCU, 8-3
Win vs. Chris Camillone-David Holiner (1), Texas, 8-5
Win vs. Alberto Bautista-Jackson Withrow (7), A&M, 8-5

A&M Sweeps Championships at Texas Regional

For the first time in school history, Texas A&M captured both the singles and doubles championships at the women’s USTA/ITA Texas Regional, with Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (pronounced KEEN-tah-nar) winning the singles title and Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov teaming to take the doubles championship today at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The champions earn automatic bids to the prestigious ITA National Indoor Championships, to be played Nov. 8 -11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

“One of the things that we spoke about this morning is the prize in winning the tournament is actually the automatic bid to go to New York City,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said. “For any young lady, that is a big deal. As a coach, I tried to explain to them that I’m more interested in concentrating on trying to play good tennis. But coaching aside, the fact is for both our finalists and the opposition, it just has a lot more on it because winning means you go to New York City and losing guarantees you nothing.

“The one thing that our kids do recognize, regardless of getting the trip to New York or winning and losing, is that all of us need to get a little bit better. They have been very mature about that. So in relationship to winning this tournament, I’m delighted with them and probably even more delighted from the point of view of the level of maturity and understanding that the year is long and that we need to continue to improve and get better.”

Playing doubles together for the first time, Romanian compatriots Stancu and Hristov won six consecutive matches, including an 8-5 victory against Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde of Texas Tech in the finals to capture the title. Earlier in the tournament, the unseeded Aggie duo stunned sixth-ranked and No. 1 seed Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, also of Texas Tech, 9-7, in the round of 16 to advance.

“Since they are both countrywomen, they have been wanting and waiting to play together,” Joffe said about the Aggie pair. “They finally got the opportunity, and they certainly impressed. They played very, very sound doubles. I believe the team will actually improve and get much better, but they played very intelligently and did a great job. They were pretty much in control of the match the whole time.”

Sanchez-Quintanar, the tournament’s runner-up in 2011, lived up to her No. 1-seed billing en route to the title, winning six consecutive matches, including a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 victory against No. 7 seed Ema Burgic of Baylor in the championship match.

“I think Cristina was a little bit nervous the entire match,” Joffe said. “I definitely don’t believe it was one of her better matches in terms of how well she performed and played, and yet she was as mentally strong and as tough as anyone could be. She absolutely deserved the win.”

In both singles and doubles, the Aggies had to play against A&M teammates in the semifinals to advance. Ranked an A&M record-high No. 4 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, Sanchez-Quintanar topped Stancu, 7-5, 7-5, in a singles semifinal, and Stancu and Hristov held off A&M seniors Nazari Urbina and Wen Sun, 8-5, in the doubles semifinals.

“We happen to have three people who won, but I’m delighted with the whole group because the performance over the fall so far and certainly in this tournament has been very, very strong,” Joffe concluded.

Texas A&M Results:

Tuesday, Oct. 23

F (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. (7) Ema Burgic, Baylor 6-2, 0-6, 6-3
F Hristov/Stancu d. Sanders/Teltumbde, Texas Tech 8-5

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