TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 2 seed was the place to be as the University of
Nebraska-Kearney's William Jacome and the doubles duo of Emilio ElAlabi
and Daniel Prerad from Southwest Baptist won their respective flights of
the Wilson/ITA North Central Regional Tournament hosted by Washburn
University. They will all advance to the Oct. 12-15 Intercollegiate
Tennis Association National Smal College Championships at Florida Gulf
Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.
In singles play, Jacome topped a pair Metro State players en route to
the championship. In the semis, Jacome topped Sacha Ruckelshausen 6-4,
6-2. On the other side of the bracket, the runner-up, Brandon Lupo beat
Southwest Baptist's Alex Kacamakis, the No. 1 seed in the semis 2-6, 7-6
(7-5), 10-7. Jacome won the championship with a straight-set win over
Lupo 6-1, 6-3.
In the doubles final, Prerad and ElAlabi defeated the No. 1 seeded team
of Sascha Ruckelshausen and Riley Meyer 8-5 for the championship title.
The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually
crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each
of the ITA's four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III,
NAIA and Junior/Community College). These championships are the only
national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and
NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine the levels of
Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA Divisions I-III and the California
schools). Participants are determined through these Wilson/ITA Regional
Championships, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national
champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small
College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College
Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate
Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the
athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community.
The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J.,
administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA
Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Fila Rankings
for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA
and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards
program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics,
leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.