Concordia Captures the DII ITA Doubles Championship Title
Fort Myers, Fla. – Junior Benas Majauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) and senior Daniele Piludu (Cagliari, Italy) captured the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Division II Doubles Championship on Friday afternoon. Also joining the duo at the ITA event is junior Juuso Ojanen (Varkaus, Finland) who is participating in the singles competition.
In the doubles bracket Majauskas and Piludu entered as the second seed in DII. Their first match was against Vishwesh Sinha and Aziz Yuldashev of Bluefield State. The Clippers' duo would take a 7-6, 6-1 victory to move on to their next match against the third seeded Pablo Gor and Scocuglia of Armstrong Atlantic. Concordia would advance with ease as their 6-4, 6-1 win would place them in the championship match against Kyle Rowe and Thomas Gely of Fresno Pacific.
In the championship match it would be a battle down to the wire as the match would go into a third set to decide the winner. Concordia would take the first set 6-2 but then the Fresno Pacific duo came back with a 7-6 win in the second set to force the third set. In the final set Majauskas and Piludu would fight to a 7-5 victory to claim the DII Doubles Championsip and earn a spot in the ITA "Super Bowl".
The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions during the weekend. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
In the singles bracket Ojanen began the championships facing the top seeded Bruno Savi of West Florida. Juuso would take his opponent into a third set but eventually fell 6-3 2-6 6-0. In his next match Ojanen would battle the fourth seeded Pedro Scocuglia of Armstrong Atlantic. Juuso was able to defeat his opponent 6-4, 6-3 to move into the fifth place match which will take place on Saturday morning. Ojanen will face either Jordan Lyden of Colorado Mesa or Jacob Carey of Bluefield State.
Be sure to visit ConcordiaClippers.com tomorrow evening for more results from the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.