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Robin Anderson Claims USTA/ITA National Indoor Title

November 12, 2012 09:35 AM

By Don Sherman, ITA Tennis

 

Four main draw champions were crowned today at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, hosted by Columbia University at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. The winners on the women's side both hail from the Pac-12 conference while the ACC swept the men's titles. 

In the women's singles final, UCLA's Robin Anderson jumped out to another quick start, this time breaking Cal's Anett Schutting twice to open the match. Schutting found herself down 4-0 before finally finding her range from the baseline. She put a little pressure on Anderson late in the set, getting one of the breaks back to close the gap to 5-3. However, in the next game, Schutting failed to hold once again, netting a forehand volley on set point.
 

Anderson sprinted out ahead once again in the second, securing a break for 2-0 when Schutting tossed in a double fault. The Bruin consolidated the break in commanding fashion by holding at love, but the set took a dramatic turn from there. Schutting finally got on the board with a hold in the next game, and then found a way to break Anderson's serve. The momentum was nearly stolen back by Anderson, who had three break points at 3-2, but the Golden Bear came through with some big serving and heavy hitting from the baseline to fend them off.

 

Ultimately, Schutting's inconsistency from the baseline plagued her, especially with Anderson being able to rely on her movement and defense when needed. On Anderson's second match point on Schutting's serve at 5-4, Schutting dumped a forehand into the net, allowing Anderson to flash a smile to her coach and let out a huge sigh of relief. Anderson is just the second Bruin women's tennis player to claim the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships singles crown, joining the 1995 champion Jane Chi.

 

"The game plan was to be aggressive, make my serves and make my returns," Anderson explained. "She came out firing. She was serving well and was hitting the ball so big, so I kind of had to adjust a little bit.  I started playing a little more defense but still trying to be aggressive when I could. Having my friends come out, having the USTA here supporting me, it was so special to win it." 

Earlier in the weekend, 2011 ITA National Women's Co-Rookie of the Year Robin Anderson added to her college honors when she was named the 2012 USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award winner following her semifinal match. From nearby Matawan, NJ, Anderson is one of the most liked players in college tennis.

"It is an honor to receive the Sportsmanship Award," Anderson said. "It is great to be given this award, especially here where I used to train. I have felt the support from everyone all week, and it's great to know that everyone thought I showed good sportsmanship."

 

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