AUM sweeps NAIA South Regional singles, doubles finals
October 3, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS — Auburn Montgomery's Bence Toth
trailed 2-0 in both sets but rallied past William Carey's Jody Claasen 6-4, 7-5
in the men's singles final of the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional Championships at
the University of New Orleans Tennis Center.
AUM won all four Sunday finals and five of six in the
tournament, which consisted of seven schools, including host Xavier University
of Louisiana. Ana Veselenovic, the only top seed to win a title, beat teammate
Jade Curtis 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 for the women's singles championship. But Curtis got
revenge in the women's doubles final, teaming with Kvetka Hajkova to beat
top-seeded Veselenovic and Morgane Zowczak 8-2. In another all-AUM final,
second-seeded Bruno Savi and Claudio Andrade knocked off top-seeded Boris
Obama and Loic Didavi 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in men's doubles.
Toth, the No. 3 seed, lost his serve in the first game
of each set but prevailed over fifth-seeded Claasen, who was aiming for his
third consecutive victory against a seeded player. Toth won four straight
games in the final set to take a 4-2 lead, then survived two Claasen breaks
which tied the set at 5. Toth closed the match by holding serve, then breaking
Claasen in the final game.
Claasen, a freshman, was the only Sunday finalist not
representing AUM, a perennial power which won six of the past nine NAIA men's
championships and eight of the past 11 women's titles.
Curtis and Hajkova were unseeded but defeated the top
two seeds in the final two rounds.