Aug. 19, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Less than a season after transferring to Florida State, junior Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) is not taking her summer break for granted. Deason spent a few weeks during the summer playing on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) College Summer Circuit, an opportunity for student-athletes to continue playing tennis all year.
“I wanted to play tournaments to maintain physical fitness so I could stay on top of my game,” said Deason, who just finished her first full season at FSU. “I played in the same tournament last summer so I felt familiar with the format as well as the competition.”
Deason’s familiarity paid off as she competed in her first tournament on home court at Scott Speicher Tennis Center from July 11-14, 2004. Deason paired with UCF’s Becky Gordon to win the women’s doubles section of the tournament. The top-seeded duo bested Maryland’s Jennifer Dent and Stetson’s Ashley Eville 9-8 en route to making it to the finals. In the championship game, Deason and Gordon beat Brown’s Daisy Aimes and her partner Anita Ivancevic 8-5.
“The ITA Circuit is very competitive,” continued Deason. “Lots of incoming freshman girls who play that are eager to face college competition. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to in singles but I drew tough draws. Both players I faced made it to the finals with the one I faced winning in Gainesville.”
In singles, Deason lost in the first round but won the consolation draw in the women’s open section. Deason bested Georgia Southern’s Stephanie Tyrell and Oklahoma’s Amanda Pratzel in straight sets. Her toughest competitor was Chelsea Orr, whom she defeated in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 10-2.
“I lost in the second round to (Anita Ivancevic) who I faced in the doubles championships,” said Deason. “It was a good match and I definitely had chances to win but didn’t. I lost early on but I feel I played them very tough.”
Deason’s doubles success followed her to Gainesville, where she faced some of her toughest competition at host Florida’s Linder Stadium from July 17-20, 2004. In singles, Deason faced the top seed, incoming Florida freshman Whitney Benik, dropping two hard-fought sets – 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles, Deason found more success taking the court again with Gordon winning another women’s doubles open championships. The pair beat UConn’s Allison Adamski and Alexis Conill, who plans on attending Northwestern.
The ITA Summer College Circuit coordinates matches at 20 regional sites throughout the month of July. Over 15,000 men and women have competed in the circuit events since it began in 1993. The tournament provides college tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events throughout the year. There are five regional circuits – East, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West – with each region consisting of four consecutive tournaments, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships.