Eric Quigley of Pewee Valley, Ky.
© Bill Kallenberg
© Bill Kallenberg
A Recap Of The Men's And Women's 2012 NCAA & NAIA Tournaments
By Alex Welch, USTA Southern intern
Armstrong Atlantic State University, of Savannah, Ga., women's and men's team continued their dominance of Division II tennis. This year, along with 2008 and 2009, both teams won the national crowns. The women won their seventh and the men won their third national championship.
Four national championship tournament were also played in USTA Southern this year.
The 2012 NCAA men’s and women’s tennis championships were held at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Kentucky native Eric Quigley represented the University of Kentucky in the individual singles national championship, facing off against reigning champion Steve Johnson of Southern California. Johnson proved to be too much for Quigley to handle, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Quigley, of Peewee Valley, Ky., was able to hold serve for the majority of the match, but the top-seeded Johnson was able to break him twice, giving him the edge in this final matchup. This win marked the seventy-second consecutive win for Johnson.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola of Ohio State defeated Raony Carvalo and Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech 7-6(4), 6-3 in the doubles finals.
In the team tournament, three Southern teams made the quarterfinals, including Virginia, Georgia and Duke. Virginia was the only Southern team to reach the semifinals, where they were defeated by Pepperdine 4-1.
USC went on to win their fourth straight national championship.
The women’s individual singles and doubles national championships were dominated by Stanford, as both finals were taken by Cardinal players. Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga. appeared in both tournament finals.
Burdette was defeated by teammate Nicole Gibbs 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the singles final, but she would leave with at least one title on the day. The two followed up their faceoff by teaming up to win the doubles finals, as they defeated UGA’s Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 6-4. Gullickson, who grew up in Brentwood, Tenn., was the 2010 singles champion.
Gibbs was able to beat the No. 1 overall seed in the singles tournament in the semifinals on her way to the title, knocking off Allie Will of the University of Florida 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Florida would go on to win the team tournament, defeating UCLA 4-0 in the championship.
Armstrong Atlantic State took home its third Division II title after defeating West Florida at the Top Gun Tennis Academy in Louisville, Ky. The Pirates from Savannah, Ga. swept the No. 2 seed 5-0, winning in convincing fashion. As the No. 1 seed Armstrong Atlantic finished the season 30-0.
The trend continued on the women’s side, as Armstrong Atlantic managed to capture that title as well. The Pirates went undefeated (29-0) on their way to an incredible seventh Division II women’s title, defeating BYU-Hawaii in the finals 5-2. This is their fourth championship in the past five years.
Emory captured the men’s and women’s singles championships, as Dillon Pottish and Gabby Clark brought home the titles, marking only the fourth time in Division III history that a single school has one men’s and women’s championships.
Pottish defeated Nick Ballou of Cal Lutheran 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, giving him a record of 34-3 on the year. Clark took down the No. 1 seeded Lok-Sze Leung from Middlebury College 6-2, 7-6 in her final match.
Emory also won the men’s team championship after beating Kenyon in the finals. The Eagles remained perfect at 25-0 for the season, coming out on top 5-3 over the Lords.
Mobile, Ala. was the site for the NAIA tennis championships, where Oklahoma Christian defeated Fresno Pacific 5-4 in the men’s finals. Auburn Montgomery women defended its title to win the eighth championship in the last nine years for the Warhawks.