July 23, 2013
Two Air Force tennis players competed this past weekend at the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Summer Circuit event hosted by the Academy. Ali Rizvi, a rising senior on the men's team, won the doubles title and finished second in the singles draw, while Anastasia Hueffner, a rising senior on the women's team, placed second in the doubles and fourth in singles.
Rizvi, who played four dual singles matches last season, won three matches before falling to Hayden Sabatka of New Mexico, 6-4, 7-6(6) in the singles title match. Rizvi then paired with Ferris State's Aaron Dial to win the round-robin doubles competition. The duo won two of three matches, as did Daniel Conroy (Allegheny College) and David Brown. Rizvi and Dial took the title with an 8-5 victory over Conroy and Brown.
Hueffner, meanwhile, captured a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Brooke Gilliam in the quarterfinals before falling to UNM’s Madison Porter, 6-2, 6-4, in the semis. In the women's doubles bracket, Hueffner paired with Shelby Cerkovnik, a soon-to-be freshman at Montana State, to win two of their three round-robin doubles matches and capture second place.
The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas and West) for collegiate players (events are also open to junior players). All eight regions consist of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana in August. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit began in 1993 and over 30,000 players have competed in circuit events since its inception.