Van Emburgh Wins ITA Summer Nationals Singles Title
FORT WORTH, Texas – Oklahoma men’s tennis rising sophomore Jake Van Emburgh brought home the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships singles title Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Alabama’s Edson Ortiz. Van Emburgh held on to defeat Ortiz in two extended frames, winning 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).
“The Oracle ITA championships is such a prestigious event and for Jake to come through without dropping a set is a great achievement,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “He faced some great competition and rose to the occasion during some crucial moments. I’m really happy and excited for Jake and the momentum it provides heading into the new year.”
Van Emburgh, left, defeated Alabama's Edson Ortiz, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), in the final.
Van Emburgh did not drop a set through the tournament. The Belleair Beach, Fla., native opened with a 6-2, 6-2, victory over USTA junior player Max Motlagh before routing Oklahoma State’s Dylan Bednarczyk, 6-1, 6-0 in the second round, and junior player Chase Ferguson, 6-1, 6-1, in the round of 16.
Van Emburgh took down Ryan Dickerson of Duke, 6-4, 7-5, in Tuesday’s quarterfinal to set up a meeting with Baylor’s Will Little in the semifinal. Van Emburgh topped conference rival Little, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the championship.
Van Emburgh will earn an automatic entry into the ITA Men’s All-American Championship, held in Tulsa October 4-8.
The ITA Summer Circuit was created to provide college players the opportunity to compete in organized events year-round. Although the primary purpose of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events are categorized as “open”; therefore, anyone (including high level juniors and adults) is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 49 events over six consecutive weekends, beginning in mid- June and continuing through the last weekend in July.
The Sooners will return to action in the fall. A schedule will be released at a later date. For updates, follow @OU_MTennis on Twitter.