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State College of Florida, St. Petersburg Win USTA/ITA JUCO Tennis Regional

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Singles champion Miranda Talbert (right) and runner-up Olivia Rolle

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Doubles champions Olivia Erlandsson and Jazz Whittaker (left) and runners-up Rachel Adler and Tarsha DeSouza

Miranda Talbert of the State College of Florida (Manatee-Sarasota) captured the singles title, and Olivia Erlandsson/Jazz Whittaker of St. Petersburg College won the doubles championship at the USTA/ITA Junior College Women's Regional Championships, held Sept. 27-29, 2013, at the Sanlando Park Tennis Complex in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Talbert in the singles final defeated Olivia Rolle of Florida State College 6-1, 6-3. In the doubles final Erlandsson/Whittaker defeated Rachel Adler/Tarsha DeSouza of Hillsborough Community College 8-0.

Participating schools from the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) were Broward College (coach: Marlena Hall), Florida State College (coach: Krista Bastien), Eastern Florida College (coach: Chuck Jacobs), Hillsborough Community College (coach: Shaimaa Elsisi), State College of Florida (coach: Betsy McCormack) and St. Petersburg College (coach: Phil Girardi).

The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature the top men's and women's players from each of the ITA's regions. In all, 8,000 varsity tennis players from 600 schools participate in USTA/ITA Regional Championships across the country.
 
The small college (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held Oct. 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Fla. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships is comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and junior/community colleges.
 
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for individual singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of junior/community colleges (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The Super Bowl champions earn wildcards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, featuring the Division I regional winners, on Nov. 7-10, 2013, hosted by the USTA at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

For more info on FCSAA women's tennis go to www.thefcsaa.com/athletics/womens-tennis/womens-tennis-home.

 

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