July 30, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- University of Michigan women's tennis juniors Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) teamed up to win the doubles title at the Bloomington Midwest ITA Summer Circuit last weekend (July 27-29).
The Wolverine pair, a 1-4 seed for the event, won four matches for the title. In the final, Dodge and Lee defeated No. 1-4 seed Alex D'ascenzo and Marika Cusick of Cornell, 8-4. The U-M duo knocked off another 1-4 seed in Indiana's Kayla Fujimoto and Alecia Kauss in the semifinals (8-6). Dodge and Lee received a double-bye to start the event before recording 8-2 and 8-4 wins in the third and quarterfinal rounds, respectively.
On the singles side, Dodge advanced to the semifinals before falling to Harvard's Monica Lin (7-5, 6-1). Lee fell in the third round to Gabriella Rosales in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (6). Incoming freshman Sara Remynse was the other Wolverine in action in Bloomington, reaching the quarterfinals of the event. She fell to eventual champion Katie Klyczek (7-6, 6-1).
Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of nine regional circuits (Southern California, Northern California, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southeast and Texas) and all nine regions consist of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind., from Aug. 10-13.Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423