Princeton's Pecotic Wins USTA/ITA National Indoor Consolation Singles Title
Portions courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Princeton senior Matija Pecotic highlighted the Ivy League's showing at the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, capturing the consolation singles title in the men's bracket.
Pecotic defeated Ohio State's Peter Kobelt 7-6, 6-1 on the event's final day at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to finish his fall campaign with with a singles record of 26-2. In addition to this title, he won singles titles at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invite and the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional. He also advanced to the semifinals of the ITA All-America Championships.
"It's difficult to imagine a player having a better fall season than Matija did," Princeton head coach Billy Pate said. "To go 26-2 against the quality competition he faced is an emormous accomplishment. Today was another great win against one of the top guys in college tennis. I always fell it shows far greater character to lose in the first round and then rebound to win four matches in capturing the consolation draw. It's easy to compete when you're on a roll, but Matija dealt with the setback of losing in the first round and showed tremendous resolve. Today he played what I think is the biggest server in the country and found a way to break him three times in the second sef. I couldn't be more proud of him and we're looking forward to preparing for the spring season.
Kobelt was the No. 2 seed in the main draw, while Pecotic was the No. 3 seed. Both were upset in the first round. Pecotic fought of four break points at various times in the first set while not having any break chances, taking the first set in a tiebreak.
The win improved his record against fellow ITA-ranked opponents to 13-1, as Kobelt was ranked No. 35 in the preseason. Pecotic was ranked No. 67, a standing that will likely get a big boost once the new singles rankings come out Jan. 3.
The League threatened with a sweep of all four consolation finals, but fell short with players falling in the consolation semifinals of the men's doubles and women's singles and doubles draws.
Columbia's duo of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur lost in men's doubles consolation a 9-8 tiebreak to Virginia's Alex Domijan and Harrison Richmond. In the women's consolation singles, fellow Lion Nicole Bartnik lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to Alabama's Alexa Guarachi. The women's consolation doubles semifinals had Ivy teams in both matches as Columbia's Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga lost 8-3 to Southern California's Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis and Penn's Sonya Latycheva and Sol Eskenazi were defeated 8-6 by Virginia's Maci Epstein and Erin Vierra.
2012 USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Men's Singles – Round of 32
Mac Styslinger (Virginia) def. (3) Matija Pectotic (Princeton) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2â€¨
Raymond Sarmiento (USC) def. Winston Lin (Columbia) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
(6) Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia) def. (WC) Ashok Narayana (Columbia) 6-4, 6-4
Women's Singles – Round of 32
Danielle Collins (Florida) def. Amanda Muliawan (Princeton) 6-3, 6-3
Sofie Oyen (Florida) def. (WC) Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) 6-3, 6-4
Men's Doubles – Round of 32
Hernus Pieters/ Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. Winston Lin/Bert Vancura (Columbia) 8-3
Men's Doubles – Round of 16
(3) Jarmere Jenkins/Mac Styslinger (Virginia) def. Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (Columbia) 9-8(4)
Women's Doubles – Round of 32
Sonya Latycheva/Agustina Sol-Eskenazi (Penn) def. Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles (Utah) 8-5
Women's Doubles – Round of 16
Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (North Carolina) def. Sonya Latycheva/Agustina Sol-Eskenazi (Penn) 8-5
(3) Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans (William & Mary) def. Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) 8-6
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Men's Singles – Consolation Round of 16
Winston Lin (Columbia) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (North Carolina) 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-5
Cameron Silverman (Elon) def. Ashok Narayana (Columbia) 6-2, 6-2
Matija Pecotic (Princeton) def. Victor Valente (Georgia State) 6-1, 6-0
Women's Singles – Consolation Round of 16
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) def. Amanda Muliawan (Princeton) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4â€¨
Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) def. Zoe Scandalis (USC) 6-4, 6-4
Men's Doubles – Consolation
Winston Lin/Bert Vancura (Columbia) def. Farris Gosea/Tim Kopinski (Illinois) 8-0
Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (Columbia) def. Moritz Buerchner/Norbert Nemcsek (North Florida) 8-5
Women's Doubles – Consolation
Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) def. Stacey Tan/Ellen Tsay (Stanford) 8-6
Sonya Latycheva/Augustina Sol-Eskenazi (Penn) def. Danielle Lao/Valeria Pulido (USC) 8-3
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Men's Singles – Consolation Semifinals
Matija Pecotic (Princeton) def. Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
Women's Singles – Consolation
Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) def. Whitney Kay (North Carolina) 7-5, 6-4
Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) def. Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) 6-2, 6-4
Men's Doubles – Consolation Semifinals
Alex Domijan/Harrison Richmond (Virginia) def. Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (Columbia) 9-8(5)
Men's Doubles – Back Draw
Abid Akbar/Marius Cirstea (Idaho) def. Winston Lin/Bert Vancura (Columbia) 8-5
Women's Doubles – Consolation Semifinals
Gabriella DeSimone/Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) 8-3
Maci Epstein/Erin Vierra (Virginia) def. Sonya Latycheva/Augustina Sol-Eskenazi (Penn) 8-6
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Men's Singles – Consolation Final
Matija Pecotic (Princeton) def. Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) 7-6(5), 6-1