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.
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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