PHILADELPHIA – A quartet of Queens College tennis student-athletes will be packing their bags for Mobile, Ala., next month, as they won regional championships at the 2011 USTA/ITA East Regional Tennis Championships at the Arthur Ashe Center. On the women's side, second-seeded Erika Goldsmith and Linda Tatala-Colin garnered the doubles "A" bracket crown, while the men's tandem of Attila Toth and Nikolaj Wulff won the same accolades in their respective brackets.
Both duos now advance to the USTA/ITA Small College Championships for what is believed to be the first time in program history on both sides. That tournament takes place in Mobile from Oct. 13-16.
Tatala-Colin (Sr./Laxou, France) and Goldsmith (Jr./Edison, N.J.) won all four of their doubles matches on the weekend (Sept. 17-19), including Monday’s final versus NYIT’s Sara Burinato and Gabriela Rodriguez by a 6-1, 6-2 score. In all, the Knights’ tandem lost just seven games in their four-match run.
Also, the duo of senior Andrea Salvetova (Plzen, Czech Republic) and freshman phenom Phoebe Chiem (Duluth, Ga.) won their first four matches in the “B” bracket, before succumbing in the finals to District of Columbia’s Kristyna Nepivodova and Maxime Duijst, 8-3.
In singles play, Tatala-Colin, Goldsmith and sophomore Anna Rodionova (Orenburg, Russia) all advanced to the quarterfinals round before bowing out of the tourney. One of the biggest upsets of the tournament came in the round of 32, when Rodionova took down top-seeded Jessica Nunez of UDC, 6-2 and 6-3.
In the doubles “A” flight, it was an all-QC final, as senior Attila Toth (Budapest, Hungary) and junior Nikolaj Wulff (Munich, Germany) squared off with seniors Claudio Andrade (Sete Lagoas, Brazil) and Tyrone Ewels (Pietermaritzburg, S. Africa) on Monday for the berth to the Small College Championships. The quartet battled hard, with Toth and Wulff scoring a 6-3, 6-4 triumph and advancing to Mobile. In all, Toth and Wulff have now won 19 of their last 21 doubles matches together, dating back to last March.
All four competitors, along with senior Diego Medrano (Cucuta, Colombia) advanced to quarterfinals action in the “A” bracket. Toth, a reigning ITA Division II All-American, defeated his doubles partner by a 6-1, 6-2 decision in the round-of-eight to advance to semifinals play, where he fell to Concordia’s David Tisserand in a three-set marathon, 1-6, 6-4 and 7-5.