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Jovita Wins ITA South Region Championship; Advances to Nationals
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 09/25/2011
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (September 25, 2011) - Second-seed Lucas Jovita defeated top seed Willi Wolfer of Lynn Sunday to capture the ITA South Region Singles Championship.

The senior will now participate in the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship Oct. 13-16 in Mobile, Ala.

A transfer from the University of South Florida, Jovita is seeking to become the first Tar to win the national singles title since Pat Emmet in 1988.

Jovita started the four-day event, hosted by Valdosta State, with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Ben Kendall (Lynn), and then advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of Jake Fleischer (Saint Leo). He beat ninth-seeded Christian Hansen (Valdosta St.) 7-6(5), ret. before downing eighth-seed Andrey Pozhidaev 6-1, 6-2 (West Fla.) in the quarterfinals. Jovita then matched-up with 11th-seeded Marco Mokrzycki of Barry and scored a 6-0, 6-4 win to earn a spot in the finals.

Facing last season's Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and the ITA National Player to Watch, Jovita won the first set 6-4, then Wolfer was forced to retire due to injury and the championship title headed to Winter Park.

Senior Jeff Morris also had a run deep into the main draw, falling in the quarterfinals to Mokrzycki, 1-6, 6-2, 11-9.

In doubles, Jovita and Morris were the fourth-seed tandem and fell 8-6 in the round of 16 to eventual runners-up Leonel Vivas and Max Wimmer of Barry.

SINGLES:

2. Lucas Jovita
1st - Bye
2nd - def. Ben Kendall (LU) 6-0, 6-2
3rd - def. Jack Fleischer (SLU) 6-0, 6-0
4th - def. 9. Christian Hansen (VSU) 7-6(5), Ret.
Quarter - def. 8. Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) 6-1, 6-2
Semi - def. 11. Marco Mokrzycki (BU) 6-0, 6-4
Final - def. 1. Willi Wolfer (LU) 6-4, Ret.

3. Jeff Morris
1st - Bye
2nd - def. Wes Taylor (UWA) 6-0, 6-0
3rd - def. Hossam Meligy (UNO) 6-1, 6-2
4th - def. Dominico Sano (UWF) 6-2, 6-3
Quarter - lost 11. Marco Mokrzycki (BU) 1-6, 6-2, 11-9

11. Sebastian Hafner
1st - Bye
2nd - lost Benoit Paradis (FSC), 7-6, 6-4
Back - def. Luis Ruiz 8-3, lost Michael Lue 8-1

Ari Davis
1st - def. Olivier Lemaitre (BU) 6-2, 6-2
2nd - def. Robbie Palmiotto (FSC) 6-0, 6-4
3rd - lost 5. Bruno Savi (UWF) 6-1, 6-0

Jason Alabaster
1st - Bye
2nd - lost Antoine Raffaelli (SLU) 6-4, 6-0
Back - def. Tammo Haake 8-4, lost Christopher Kano 9-7

Bernardo Barroso
1st - Bye
2nd - lost Alessio Iannozzi 4-6, 6-1, 10-5
Back - def. Jose Morales 8-4, def. Ben Levy 8-4, def. 13. Krasimir Atanasov DEF, lost Nestor Vargas 8-3

DOUBLES:

4. Jovita/Morris
1st - Bye
2nd - def. Gutierrez/McLane (FIT) 8-6
3rd - lost Vivas/Wimmer (BU) 8-4

Alabaster/Barroso
1st - Bye
2nd - lost Canellas/Kano (UAH) 9-8 (8-6)

Davis/Hafner
1st - def. Guarnieri/Lyons (PBA) 8-2
2nd - lost Jasyk/Kutschenko 8-5

 


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