Falcons Capture Titles at ITA Summer Circuit Event
July 26, 2010
Air Force sophomore Hannah Dake won the singles championship and paired with junior Tahlia Smoke to capture the doubles title this past weekend at the 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Summer Circuit event hosted by the Air Force Academy. Dake, one of three Falcons that entered the women's singles draw, won four straight matches, including a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Colorado State's Veronika Wojakowska in the championship match.
Dake, who played the majority of the 2010 season at No. 3 singles for Air Force, downed Juli Cackovic of Colorado State, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round, Ryann Warner of Eastern Washington, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals, and Smoke, 7-6(5), 7-5, in the semis. Smoke, meanwhile, defeated Madalyn Kern of Colorado, 6-2, 7-6(5), in the first round, then saved two match points to beat CU's Erin Sanders, 6-2, 7-5 (5), (11-9) in the quarters before falling to Dake.
AFA senior Sarah Cassman won three matches before losing to Wojakowska, 6-1, 6-1 in the semis. Cassman beat Jannifer Marquit of Colgate, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round, Laura Johnson of Fort Hays State, 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 16, then rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, (10-3) win over Michala Jensen of Colorado in the quarters. Smoke defeated Cassman, 6-2, 6-4, in the third-place match.
In the doubles bracket, Dake and Smoke received a bye to the semifinals, then defeated a team consisting of Tori Arneson of Colorado State and Meagan Monaghan of Regis High School, 8-6, in the semis, setting up the final against Wojakowska and her sister Adriana, a rising senior at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. The Falcon duo, which did not play a match together last season, cruised to the title with an 8-4 victory.
The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southwest 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 August 7-11 ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit began in 1993 and over 30,000 players have competed in circuit events since its inception.