Hemm to play at ITA/USTA national summer championships


Sacred Heart Prep grad Haley Hemm is in the main draw of the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, which begin Saturday at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Courts.

Hemm, a junior at North Carolina, played on the ITA summer circuit, reaching the Round of 16 at the Riviera Tennis Club and the second round at Ventura. Hemm and partner Zoe DeBruycker won the doubles title at Ventura.

Stanford sophomore Natalie Dillon also played, winning the consolation title at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades.

Hemm meets Pepperdine's Alexandra Walters in the first round of the championships. The winner meets second-seeded Emily Fraser, a junior at Virginia.

On the men's side, Menlo School grad Daniel Hoffman, a sophomore at Yale, took home the title of the Newport Beach tournament, beating Stanford sophomore Warner Kehrer, who knocked off the top seed to reach the final. Kehrer was also the runnerup at Ventura and reached the semifinals of the Riviera event.

Menlo School grad Max Glenn, a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, lost to Hoffman in the semifinals at Newport Beach. He reached the quarterfinals at Pomona.

Menlo-Atherton grad George Horowitz and Sacred Heart Prep grad Erik Blumenkrantz also played on the circuit.

The ITA/USTA National Summer Championships are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 32 regional sites throughout the country last month. A total of 2,965 players participated in ITA Summer Circuit events this year, falling just short of 2009's record-breaking mark of 2,976.

The circuit is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin Loring and provides college tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. It is made up of seven regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July, leading to the championships.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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