University of Texas senior Micah Braswell (UTR Rating 13.81) extended his win streak to 11 matches after taking the men’s singles title at the ITA Fall National Championships in San Diego. Braswell also won the ITA Texas Regionals Championship before his national title run.
In San Diego, Braswell beat Pedro Vives (14.20) of TCU in the quarterfinals before beating JJ Tracy (13.76) of Ohio State and then Jack Pinnington Jones (13.79) of TCU in the final 6-4, 6-4.
“I had an absolute blast in San Diego,” Braswell said. “I have been working hard to make improvements in my game mentally and physically and was luckily able to do a lot of the things I’ve worked on very well the whole week. I want to thank everyone that has been supporting and investing in me during my time at Texas, and could not be more excited to play alongside my teammates in the spring.”
Texas swept both national titles in the fall after Eliot Spizzirri won last month's ITA All-American Championships. This is the second time in program history that the Longhorns completed the sweep, following former Longhorn Yuya Ito accomplishing the feat by himself in 2019.
In men’s doubles action, Max Sheldon and Ozan Baris made history as they picked up the first national title in program history for Michigan State. After two narrow escapes in deciding supertiebreakers, the Spartans sealed the title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Old Dominion brothers Connor and Codie Van Schalkwyk.
“Max and I had a bit of a slow start to this fall season, but we kept the right mindset,” Baris said. “We started to find that out the more matches we played, and by the end of the tournament, we were both playing a very high level of doubles that I’m excited to carry forward with us through the spring season.”
While Texas swept both singles national titles this fall, the University of North Carolina women’s team took home both the singles and doubles trophies this past weekend in San Diego. The player with the second-highest UTR Rating in the draw, Reese Brantmeier (11.29), won the singles championship. An hour later, the sophomore joined teammate Elizabeth Scotty to grab the doubles title, capping off a perfect tournament.
𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 𝐈𝐓𝐀 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐃𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 pic.twitter.com/aFF8yICpJ7— Carolina Women's Tennis 🐏🎾 (@UNC_wtennis) November 5, 2023
Brantmeier earned a tough 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Ayana Akli (11.13) of South Carolina in the singles final, extending her win streak to 11 matches after she entered this tournament having won one of the brackets at the ITA Carolina Regional. The set dropped against Akli is the only set lost by Brantmeier during her win streak.
In the doubles final, Brantmeier and Scotty beat Ange Oby Kajuru and Anastasiya Komar of Oklahoma State University 6-1, 6-2 to move to a 15-1 record as a doubles team this fall.
The fall is now wrapped up for most teams, while a few student-athletes will be taking advantage of playing opportunities at UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) events and ITF Futures and ATP Challengers ahead of the spring season starting in January.