Jayhawks victorious in Week 5 of ITA Summer Circuit

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the third time this summer, incoming Kansas freshman Vasiliki “Vasia” Karvouni has won the singles crown at an Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit powered by UTR event.

This weekend in Manhattan, Kansas, the Athens, Greece native not only won the singles title, she then teamed up with fellow incoming KU freshman Carmen Roxana Manu to claim the doubles crown at the same event.

Karvouni beat Oklahoma’s Ivana Corley, 6-3, 6-4, for the title, besting a field of 14 singles competitors in the Women’s Singles A bracket. To get to the final, Karvouni had to beat Manu in the semis, which she did, 6-3, 6-3. She had received a first-round bye, then won in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0. Meanwhile, Manu, originally from Constanta, Romania, won in the Round of 16, 6-1, 6-2, and then won her quarterfinal match over Oklahoma’s Kianah Montosono, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(6).

In the field of 10 doubles teams, Karvouni and Manu teamed up and brought home KU’s second doubles title of the ITA Summer Circuit. After a bye in the first round, they breezed through the quarterfinals, semifinals and final rounds, winning each match by a score of 6-1 to claim their first title as a doubles team. Last month, KU sophomores-to-be Julia Deming and Malkia Ngounoue teamed up to claim the doubles title at the ITA event in Kansas City, Missouri.

The ITA Summer Circuit opened the weekend of June 22 at 11 sites throughout the country, with 1,026 players registered to compete. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 56 events over six-consecutive weekends, continuing through the last weekend in July.

The 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.