Harel Srugo And Herique Cancado To Battle For ITA Mideast Region Title

October 22, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 22, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It's an all Monarch final at the ITA Mideast Regional Championships as teammates No. 18 sophomore Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) and senior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) battle one another for the singles title on Sunday.

The unseeded and unranked Cancado picked up three more wins, all in straight sets, after advancing on Friday to the Round of 16 with an upset of four seeded and No. 27 Ytai Abougzir of Florida State. In the Round of 16, Cancado defeated Chris Kearney of UNC, 7-5, 6-3, and then proceeded to defeat Joey Atas of Duke, 6-1, 7-5, in the quarterfinals. Cancado defeated another Tar Heel to advance to the finals to meet his teammate. He downed Benjamin Carlotti, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Srugo, seeded second, took on two seeded opponents to make his way to the finals. In the Round of 16, Srugo used straight sets to defeat Pedro Campo of South Carolina, 6-1, 6-4. In the quarterfinals, he downed seventh seeded and No. 44 Peter Rodrigues of Duke, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Next in the semifinas, Srugo took another seeded player in sixth seeded and No. 43 Treat Huey of Virginia, earning a straight set, 6-4, 6-4, victory to advance to the final against his teammate.

Eighteen Wilson/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over these last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country.

The 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events - the Riviera/ITA Women's and Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships - were held earlier this month, and the third event is season-ending NCAA Championships in May. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

Round of 16
Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Chris Kearney (UNC): 7-5, 6-3
No. 18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. Pedro Campo (USC): 6-1, 6-4

Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Joey Atas (Duke): 6-1, 7-5
No. 18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. No. 44 Peter Rodrigues (Duke): 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Benjamin Carlotti (UNC): 6-2, 6-1 No. 18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. No. 43 Treat Huey (UVA): 6-4, 6-4