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MOBILE, Ala. (October 14, 2011) - Rollins senior Lucas Jovita cruised in his semifinal match Friday and will play for a national title Saturday at the USTA/ITA Small College Championships.

Top-seeded Jovita matched up with Christiaan Lee-Daigle from Queens University of Charlotte and scored a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win. The match was tied four-all until Jovita went on to win eight of the next 10 games and earn a spot in the finals.

"Lucas has a knack for knowing what to do and when to do it when he's on the court," said Head Coach Ron Bohrnstedt. "His opponent had a big serve and big forehand, but Lucas did a great job of hanging in there at the beginning and running away at the end."

Jovita will match up with Daniele Piludu of Concordia (NY) in the championship match. Piludu was also a convincing winner in the semifinals, defeating Hans Hach of Abilene Christian 6-4, 6-3.

"Hopefully the way Lucas played today will bode well for the final," added Bohrnstedt. "Piludu has a very similar style to Lucas, so it should be a dogfight. We are confident that he will continue to get stronger as the final match progresses.

Jovita will look to become the first Rollins singles player to win the ITA national title in more than two decades. The final match is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday inside the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.


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