LAKELAND, Fla. (September 27, 2012) - The Rollins men's and women's tennis teams are set for the 2012 USTA/ITA South Region Championships, hosted by Florida Southern Sept. 27-30.
The four best singles players and top two doubles teams from the each school in the Sunshine State Conference and Gulf South Conference are all vying for a spot in the USTA Small College Championships later in the fall.
On the men's side, Rollins' Lucas Jovita, now a graduate assistant coach, is the defending champion. He later became the first Tar to win the Small College Super Bowl and advance to the Division I Indoor Championships.
Competing for the Rollins men at the event this season are Ari Davis, Adrian Di Felice, Malte Christensen and Cooper Maxwell. In doubles play, fifth seeded Maxwell and Jason Alabaster, as well as Christensen and Di Felice will represent the Tars.
For the women, Lisa Loft, Ashley Rosenberg, Mariana Salavador and Elissa DeCampli are in the singles draw. The duo of DeCampli and Rosenberg are the fifth-seeded team in the doubles draw while Lisa Loft and Ashley Loft are on the other side of the bracket.
A total of 46 singles players and 23 doubles teams make up the men's draw while 48 singles and 24 doubles are in the women's division.
Following the USTA/ITA South Regional Championship, the singles and doubles champions from Lakeland will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Oct. 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.