Brett Rodgers Finishes Second at ITA Summer Circuit Event
July 6, 2009
Air Force senior Brett Rodgers placed second last weekend at the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Summer Circuit event hosted by the Air Force Academy. Rodgers, one of four Falcons that entered the men's singles draw, won three straight matches before falling to Doug Mayeda of the University of Oregon, 6-2, 6-2, in the championship match.
Rodgers, who played the majority of the 2009 season at No. 3 singles for Air Force, rallied to beat Mark Miller of Regis (Colo.) High School, 2-6, 7-5, (12-10), in the first round, downed Colgate's Harry Jewett, 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, then beat Connor Macey of Creighton, 7-6(4), 6-0 in the semis. Mayeda, a product of Cherry Creek High School in Denver, did not lose a set in his four matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Air Force junior Taylor Soster in the quarterfinals.
Air Force senior Austin Francis defeated Macey, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the third-place match, while junior Alex Beaussart won a thrilling, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), (10-5) match over Aidan Reid of Lewis-Palmer High School in the consolation final.
Mayeda teamed with Utah's Stephen Jacobs to win the doubles title, beating Andrew Pack and Christopher Kennedy, 8-4, in the final. Utah's Paige Miles won the women's singles and doubles titles, defeating teammate Missy Harris, 6-1, 6-0 in the singles final and pairing with Colorado's Erin Sanders to win the doubles championship. Miles downed Air Force sophomore Tahlia Smoke, 6-4, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the singles competition.
The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is made up of seven regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southwest and West) for collegiate players (events are also open to junior players). Six of the seven regions consist of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the August 8-12 ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit began in 1993 and over 22,000 players have competed in circuit events since its inception.