Sportsmanship | USTA Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Mon, 20 May 2019 04:28:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sportsmanship | USTA Southern California Tennis News 32 32 Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Brings Out the Best in So Cal College Tennis Players Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:12:09 +0000 Read More]]> Competitive battles abound in Southern California at the various Oracle ITA Summer Circuit events, a series Powered by UTR. The ITA collegiate tournaments have gathered some of So Cal’s top male and female players who attend universities from across the United States. Despite tough matches and extreme So Cal heat, one common theme seems to be outstanding tennis, supreme sportsmanship and camaraderie with deeply rooted friendships from junior tennis days.

The 2018 six-week summer circuit started on June 23 and will end July 30. So Cal sites are Chapman University, Pomona Pitzer, Cal State Northridge, Claremont Mudd Scripps, Azusa Pacific University and Cal State Los Angeles. Draws are based on Universal Tennis Ratings and they offer 32-player draws. Scoring is 2 out of 3 sets with a 10-point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set with no-ad scoring. Doubles are 8-game pro sets.  Participants across the country can compete in the ITA Summer Circuit Points Race, which will conclude with the top five men and women receiving automatic entries into the ITA National Summer Championships at Texas Christian University.

Emily Dush from Chula Vista is a recent high school graduate of Laurel Springs School and will play tennis for  the University of Utah in the fall. Dush has competed in several ITA Summer events in singles and doubles.

“I’m playing to get used to the college tennis format,” said Dush, a 10.22 UTR. “The competition is tough and the conditions are challenging. It’s giving me a look at what’s ahead.”

Jed Kronenverg, a sophomore at Pomona Pitzer, believes the circuit will help him improve his doubles play while Matt Sullivan from the Weil Academy sees the ITA events as a way to step into the college tennis arena. Ethan Prost, a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University, is striving to gain experience so he can make the top six at his school next year. Jennifer Kerr of San Diego, a two-time CIF San Diego Section Singles Champion, attends Columbia University and believes the summer tournaments will help her stay mentally tough.

There are a myriad of reasons that college tennis players participate in the Oracle ITA Summer Circuit including improve their UTR, refine their skills and strive to qualify for the national tennis tournament. However, one visible theme seems to be meeting up with old friends. This was evident in the smiles, hugs, laughter, high fives and gregarious group dynamics at each site despite the intense So Cal heat wave that brought sizzling 115 degrees through parts of July.

“I loved seeing my junior tennis friends because in a sense we grew up together,” said Gillian Parker, a standout at UC Irvine.  Parker partnered with Julia Ronney from the University of Montana in the Chapman College event. The duo were finalists in women’s doubles at that tennis tournament, and have been doubles partners since the 12-and-Under Division in USTA junior tennis. “It’s like old times playing with Julia because we know each other so well. This was so much fun.”

Parker’s parents, Sheryl and Eric, enjoyed watching their daughter compete at both Chapman University and Claremont College. Eric is a PTR Teaching Professional at the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido and a leader in the San Diego tennis community. “This is great because the pressure of junior tennis is off. They are no longer in the junior tennis rankings race or in the hunt for a college scholarship. The girls are here to simply improve their games and that’s a great attitude,” said Eric Parker.

While all of the So Cal college sites are well known, Chapman University Coach Will Marino was proud to introduce his new five-court facility to the ITF community. The Erin J. Lastinger ’88 Tennis Center was completed in September and is perhaps one of the top in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

It appears the Oracle ITA Summer Circuit has something to offer everyone in So Cal and throughout the United States. Many tennis players said they enjoyed great competition and outstanding sportsmanship, and all considered it an extension of their college tennis experience.

“As a tennis player, you should be a good sport.” said Dush. “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, not because you want to win. It’s about playing fair.”

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Claremont junior exemplifies sportsmanship at Sectionals Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:02:35 +0000 Read More]]> Sportsmanship can be reflected in many ways, most of them subtle and often unnoticed – a benefit of the doubt, a friendly handshake, an apologetic wave, or even something as simple as punctuality. In the case of Christian Settles, an 18-year old playing in his final junior-level tournament, pure sportsmanship was on display.

Claremont’s Christian Settles

At the 116th SCTA Junior Sectionals in Fountain Valley, Settles notched two wins in the Boys 18s singles qualifying rounds to advance into the main draw. With a loss in the Round of 64, he shifted to the consolation bracket, and in his first match Settles was in full control. Having secured the first set, Settles broke out to a quick lead and commanded the second set at 5-1, on his way to victory and into the next round.

But the young man from Claremont knew that this was his last day on court. A game away from victory, Settles conceded the match.

“I played the match knowing I wasn’t going to be able to play the next round if I won,” Settles recalls. Due to his schedule, he was to leave Sectionals later that night. Earning the victory would mean he would default the following match, but giving up his current match with Temecula’s Donovan Livov would allow Livov to move on and play more tennis.

“He was pretty confused at first,” Settles says of his unsuspecting opponent. “I explained that I was leaving that night and wouldn’t be able to play and I’d rather give him a chance. I wanted to give my opponent a chance to win.”

Livov played 34 more games, winning his second round consolation match convincingly before bowing out in his subsequent match.

Settles, on the other hand, is on the verge of turning 19 years old and was wrapping up his junior tennis career with an impressive act of sportsmanship. He’ll play for Trinity University in San Antonio beginning this fall.

“Ultimately,” Settles says, “I chose to do it because I knew if I was in his position, I would appreciate it.”

Find complete results from Junior Sectionals here.

Check out SCTA’s “Sportsmanship Is…” excerpts at our YouTube page.

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