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Medina Wins JUCO Championship at ITA Oracle Cup

Medina Wins JUCO Championship at ITA Oracle Cup

Surprise, AZ - The Junior College Championship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Oracle Cup was a rematch of the ITA Florida Regional Championship.  Maria Medina faced off with Luisa Varon of Eastern Florida State College. 

The first meeting at the Florida Regional was a closely fought battle ending in the default of Medina in the third set.  As a result of this outcome, Varon was seeded as the tournament's top seed. 

Medina, who was ranked second in the nation at the end of the spring seaon, was invited to event as the highest ranked player who did not win a regional tournament.  Medina received the second seed in the draw for the ITA Oracle Cup.

Both players defeated seeded players in their respective semi-final matches.  Medina was on top of her game and came out of this re-match with a straight set victory (6-3, 6-1). Maria Medina is the second Manatees tennis player to with this championship, formerly known as the ITA National Small College Championship. 

The win qualified Medina for the overall Oracle Cup Championship.  This event features the champion of Junior College, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.  The winner of the Oracle Cup earns a berth in the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, held November 3-6 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.

The semi-final match pitted Maria Medina against the NCAA Divsion III champion Bridgett Harding of Emory.  Harding won the first set in convincing fashion, 6-1.  This set the stage for an incredible comeback by Maria Medina.  She tied the match score at 1 with 6-0 win in the second set.  She continued to roll, winning the match with a 6-3 victory in the third set. 

Medina will face NAIA champion, Camile Gbaguidi of Savannah College of Art in Design, in the championship match Sunday at 1:00 pm EDT.