Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

College Feature
Freshmen Britton and Cecil Earn NCAA Singles Titles

Two American teenagers with less than five months of college tennis experience stayed cool under pressure in the Texas heat and humidity Monday, leaving the George Mitchell Tennis Center on the Texas A&M campus with three NCAA championship trophies between them.

Men's Singles Champion Devin Britton of Ole Miss
© ZooTennis.com
Duke's Mallory Cecil defeated Miami junior Laura Vallverdu 7-5, 6-4 to add a women's singles title to the team title she helped Duke win last Tuesday, while Devin Britton of Ole Miss posted a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ohio State senior Steven Moneke, becoming the youngest men's NCAA champion since the current format was adopted in 1977.

Britton, who turned 18 in March, was ranked 30th in the country coming into the individual tournament, but his serve and volley game proved too strong for his six opponents, three of whom were seniors seeded 9-16, including finalist Moneke.

"I definitely surprised myself," Britton said, chuckling. "I definitely didn't see this coming, but I took one match at a time, didn't have any mental lapses really, so that helped out a lot."

After dropping the first set to Moneke, who was returning well and holding serve with little difficulty, Britton regrouped.

"I took a deep breath and said let's try to figure out a way to make him work to hold serve," said the Jackson, Miss. native. "Eventually I started hitting some better forehands, started mixing up the slice a little bit - I don't think he liked that much - and I just got better and better as the match went on."

Moneke had opportunities in the second and third sets, but Britton either came up with a big serve, a deft drop shot or a groundstroke winner to deny them all.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
User Name
 
Password
 
 
Forget your password?
 
Register Now For Free!
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 TENNIS EXPRESS PRODUCT REVIEW
 
Prince Tour 95 Racquet
 
A full size video with all related links is available on our store's YouTube Channel. To purchase from Tennis Express or to find out more, Click Here!
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
 WTA GEAR - SHOES
  Marina Erakovic
 
FILA Women's Sentinel Tennis Shoes
Was: $100.00  Now: $89.00
Feedback, Video
 
  Samantha Stosur
 
ASICS Women's Gel Resolution 5 Tennis Shoes
Was: $140.00  Now: $129.95
Feedback, Video
 
  Kristina Mladenovic
 
adidas Women's CC Adizero Tempaia III Tennis Shoes
Was: $120.00  Now: $79.95
Feedback, Video
 
  Kirsten Flipkens
 
adidas Women's CC Adizero Tempaia III Tennis Shoes
Was: $120.00  Now: $79.95
Feedback, Video
 
 
 

Page updated on Thursday, June 19, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections