Cougars Claim Two Men's Tennis ITA Cup Titles

PBC Player of the Year KP Pannu of Columbus State
PBC Player of the Year KP Pannu of Columbus State

ROME, Ga. – The reigning national champion Columbus State University men's tennis program claimed two more titles, sweeping the ITA Cup singles and doubles championships. The ITA Cup was played at the Rome Tennis Center.
 
For the second straight year, KP Pannu claimed the ITA Cup Division II singles national championship, sending him to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships beginning Nov. 5 in Surprise, Ariz.
 
Pannu was dominant on Saturday, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Pierre Montrieul of Barry.  With the win, Pannu not only took home the top prize from the ITA Cup but qualified to play in the concluding event of the fall season, the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. Featuring the top talent from Division I, along with the automatic qualifiers from the ITA Cup, the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the only collegiate event to bring all five divisions of collegiate tennis together to compete for a national championship.
 
Zach Whaanga and Alvaro Regalado made it a Cougar sweep with a win in the ITA Cup doubles final. The Cougars defeated Filip Kesina and Jakob Schnaitter of Azusa Pacific 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 for the fall title.
 
The win moved the duo into a doubles championship bracket, featuring the winners from the Division II, III, NAIA and JUCO divisions. Whaanga and Regalado won their first match in the championship bracket over Jonathan Jemison and Adrien Bouchet of Emory 6-4, 7-6 but fell to Georgia Gwinnett's Valentino Caratini and Ayed Zatar 7-6 (3), 6-1.

In the women's bracket, Beatriz Lopez and Marleen Tilgner came up one victory shy of a title, as the pair fell 6-1, 6-2 against Zuza Maciejewska and Verena Schmid of Barry in Saturday's championship match.