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Gators Tennis Stands Strong in ITA All-American Championships

The Florida Gators men’s and women’s tennis teams have been in Tulsa and North Carolina, respectively, since Saturday competing at the ITA All-American Championships.

The events began with pre-qualifying, which took place Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying continued Monday and Tuesday. And the main draw starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

 

What Are the ITA All-American Championships?

The ITA All-American Championships features top college tennis players from across the country competing in singles and doubles events. Players can earn All-American honors based on their performance. The University of Tulsa is hosting the men’s event for the 18th straight season. It’s the second year that the women’s tournament will hold their championship in Cary, North Carolina. The women’s tournament had previously been held in Pacific Palisades, California, for 34 years.

Pre-Qualifying

For the Florida women’s team, the squad picked up six wins in singles action. The wins were thanks to two players with three by Emily De Oliveira and three by Qavia Lopez. Oliveira defeated Eleni Louka of Clemson, Lucie Petruzelova of UNC Charlotte and Margaux Maquet of Alabama. Lopez defeated Patrycja Niewiadomsk of Northern Arizona, Elise Wagle of UCLA and Julia Garcia Ruiz of Oklahoma.

Lopez wasn’t done there. She won two doubles matches with Malwina Rowinska as her partner. The two defeated Gabriella Broadfoot and Abigail Rencheli of NC State and Anna Roggenburk and Imani Graham of Xavier.

The duo was ultimately defeated by Ange Oby Kajuru and Kristina Novak of Oklahoma.

For the men, Borys Zgola defeated Francisco Lamas of East Tennessee.

Qualifying

The men’s team had a strong showing on the first day of qualifying, picking up six wins. In singles, Nate Bonetto defeated Alex Kiefer of Virginia. Jeremy Jin defeated Sebastien Collard of Michigan State. JanMagnus Johnson beat Tomas Jirousek of TCU. Tanapatt Nirundorn took down Constantinos Koshis of Arizona State and Olek Orlikowski bested Will Cooksey of Michigan.

The duo of Bonetto and Jin defeated Hoeyeraal and Smith of Arizona before falling to Breysach and Brostron Poulsen of Baylor.

For the women’s side of things, they pulled in two wins.

The duo of Carly Briggs and Rachel Gailis took down Ellison Reynoldson and Ariel Johnson of Wisconsin, while Sara Dahlstrom and Bente Spee defeated Justine Leong and Christina Hand of Northwestern.

Emily de Oliveira fell in singles action to Dana Guzinan of Oklahoma.

Competitors resume action today for the final day of qualifying, each needing a pair of wins to earn a spot in the main draw.

About Josiah Caswell

Class of 2026 at the University of Florida. Majoring in Journalism on the sports & media track.

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