July 9, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Schwartz Tennis Center hosted an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) summer tournament from July 6-8 and four Boilermakers were in action. Mara Schmidt won the Women's Open Singles title while she and Daniela Vidal reached the finals in the Women's Open Doubles.
Schmidt earned the No. 2 seed in singles while Vidal was No. 3. Both breezed through the round of 64 and round of 32 with straight-set wins in each. Schmidt again cruising in the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over one of the No. 9 seeds, Lauren Burich of the University of Wisconsin. Schmidt dropped just five total games through the first three rounds. Vidal struggled a bit, but was able to knock of Jerricka Boone, an incoming freshman at the University of Illinois, 6-1, 5-7, 10-6, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Schmidt, a rising senior, picked up another straight-set victory in the quarterfinals with a 6-0. 7-6 (5) win over Kelly Poggensee-Wei of Cincinnati. Vidal topped Jasmine Minor of Georgia Tech, 6-4, 6-3, for a berth in the semis. In the semifinals, Schmidt faced the fourth-seeded Nida Hamilton of Northwestern and was victorious, 6-4, 6-3. Vidal’s quest for an all-Boilermaker final came up just short as she fell to Alexandria Chatt, 0-6, 6-2, 10-6. Schmidt went on to beat Chatt in the finals, 6-4, 6-3, to claim the Midwest Regional crown.
Claudia Escribens also competed in the singles tournament and made it to the round of 16. The rising sophomore picked up a pair of wins before falling to Chatt, 6-2, 6-3.
Vidal and Schmidt made a deep run in the doubles tournament before coming up two games short. The duo picked up an 8-3 win in the round of 32 and an 8-1 win in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Schmidt and Vidal knocked off Barretta and O’Connor, 8-0, before defeating Silver and Zordani, 8-4, to reach the finals. There, the Purdue pair lost, 8-6, to Hamilton and Chatt.
Escribens and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum also competed in the doubles tournament. The duo had an 8-3 first round win before coming up just short in the round of 16, 9-8 (2).
The ITA Summer Circuit provides college, and junior, players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. It is made up of eight regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mid-Atlantic, Mountain, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive open tournaments. The tournaments are played during the month of July and lead up to the August USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Over 24,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993.