Respaut Advances to Quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

Respaut Advances to Quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

FORT MEYERS, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2013) - Junior Celia Respaut (Saint Denis, France) became the first NYIT women's tennis player to advance at the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships.

She defeated Zsofia Lanstiak of Lewis University 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round. She moves on to the Quarterfinals and faces Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m.

Respaut earned the No. 6 seed in the eight player brackets after defeating teammate Sara Burinato (Barcelona, Spain) in the ITA East Regional last month. She is the third straight Bear to win the East Regional as Burinato won in 2011 and Nelly Ciolkowski won in 2012. Both finished fifth in singles play at the National Small College Championships.

One of collegiate athletics' most unique events, the The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships date back to 1986, and it 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, along with the California division).
Each small college division (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) features eight singles players and eight doubles pairs who earned spots into this national event by winning their respective USTA/ITA Regional Championships held over the past four weeks throughout the country. More than 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior, and Community Colleges compete in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships held at 85 different college campuses across the country.

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 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center November 7-10.
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