Annie Houghton, a junior from Army, defeated Katherine Lange, a junior from Northwestern State (Louisiana) 6-4 to win the Flight “A” One-on-One Doubles Tennis Tournament held at Stony Brook University as part of the Third Annual Stony Brook Women's Invitational, held Sunday, Sept. 20. Houghton now captures the number one one-on-one doubles ranking for Women's Collegiate Tennis. The tournament was held on the final day of the three-day Invitational, with all nine Division I teams entering their players into four different flighted divisions.
Flight “B” was won by Erin McCarthy, a sophomore from Marist College. McCarthy defeated Julia Prantl, a sophomore from Fairleigh Dickinson University, 6-5(7-3) in the finals.
Flight “C” Champion was Fanny Charliquart, a junior from Stony Brook University. Charliquart beat Joanna Kacprzyk, a junior from the University of Houston, 6-3 in the finals.
Flight “D” Champion was Veronica Cardenas, a sophomore from West Virginia University. Cardenas defeated Jurelle Mendoza, a junior from Army, 6-3 to win this flight.
Friday's format of play was all doubles; Saturday's format was all singles and Sunday's format was solely one-on-one doubles.
“This was a great three-day, college tennis tournament because we played tennis to some of the best rock n' roll and blues music ever recorded! We heard The Replacements, Springsteen, John Lee Hooker, The Blues Brothers, Gary Moore, Paul Westerberg, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Bonamassa, Dusty and Danny and other greats,” said Gary Glassman, head tennis coach at Stony Brook and tournament director.
“The One-on-One Doubles Tourney was a great experience for our team,” said John Severance, head tennis coach at the University of Houston. “I strongly feel that playing one-on-one doubles will surely strengthen one's doubles game. I also personally enjoyed the concept of music being played throughout the weekend tournament. I can see more tournaments, and even dual matches, being played in this sort of environment. I will be running an event like this in the future.”
The tournament concept was well received by the players and coaches alike. Jeff Greene, former Vanderbilt player and FDU volunteer assistant coach, said, “What the players thought of one-on-one doubles at the beginning of the event and what it looked like at the end of the event, showed why this was an awesome concept. Anytime you introduce something new, people are going to look at you with skepticism. Meanwhile, if you are willing to buy into it, the game's skills will become an integral part of your game. The game may be cutting-edge, but the value derived from it will be a huge, long-term benefit. Change is slow, but the game is fast. This event deserves huge accolades for taking a chance and making it happen.”
One-on-one doubles is being played as the only format of competition at this year's ITA National Coaches Convention on Dec. 16 at Naples Grande Resort in Naples, Fla. The new game has also been played at two USTA National Men's 35s Claycourt Tournaments, as well as at two ATP Challenger Tournaments in Sunrise, Fla., the BMW Tennis Championships. A sold-out crowd of 3,500 people witnessed the One-On-One Doubles Final, won by Austria's Davis Cup star, Stefan Koubek in March of 2007. One-on-one doubles, played to rockin' blues music, has been USTA-sanctioned for tournament play in Florida, Georgia and New York.
For more information on upcoming one-on-one doubles tournaments and events in New York, visit www.oneononedoubles.com.
Scenes From the Third Annual Stony Brook Women's Invitational