Rollins' Jovita Rolls to ITA Small College Super Bowl Title
Rollins’ Lucas Jovita won the ITA Small College Super Bowl title on Sunday in Mobile, Ala., to advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
Jovita breezed past Embry-Riddle’s Chris Freeman 6-3, 6-1. The opening set remained on serve until 3-3 when Jovita broke at love for a 4-3 advantage. Jovita’s next service game was an easy hold, forcing Freeman to serve to stay in the set trailing 5-3. Freeman was able to save two set points, but served up a double fault at 30-40 to drop the set.
Each player held serve to open the second, but Jovita picked up his level of play from there, taking the final five games for the victory.
The Super Bowl champions will next move on to the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will take place Nov. 3-6 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
On Saturday, Jovita had rolled in straight sets to the USTA/ITA Division II National title, becoming the first Tar to do so since 1988.
As had been the case with the entire draw, Jovita made quick work of his opponent on Saturday. Matching-up with Daniele Piludu of Concordia (NY), Jovita won the first set 6-0 to set the tone. In the second set, Piludu won a break in the second and went up 2-0, but that would be all Jovita would surrender, winning the next six straight and posting a 6-0, 6-2 win and a national championship.
In all, the match lasted a little over an hour. Over the course of three matches in the draw, Jovita dropped just nine games.
After claiming the Division II title, Jovita advanced to the Small College Super Bowl, playing against Jair Assuncao of Laredo Community College. He found himself in a tight battle to start the match, but took the first set 6-3 with his patented strong finish. Assuncao started to cramp through the second set and Jovita was able to cruise 6-1.
With those victories under his belt, Jovita advanced to Sunday's title against Embry-Riddle's Freeman in the Super Bowl final.
"Lucas played very well against two quality opponents to reach the final of the Super Bowl," said Rollins head coach Ron Bohrnstedt. "I couldn't be prouder of the way he has rolled through this draw and represented Rollins. Freeman is a big server with a big game, hopefully Lucas will continue his consistent play."