Montgomery Wins at ITA Nat'l Summer Tourney
Aug. 16, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia tennis player Huntley Montgomery(Chapel Hill, N.C.) won the singles championship on Sunday (August 15) atthe Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championshipsat the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Montgomery defeated Duke’s Andrew Pedroso in the all-Atlantic CoastConference men’s final, 7-6 (6), 6-3. With the victory, Montgomeryreceives wild card invitations to the August 24-28 United States Openqualifying tournament and the T. Rowe Price National Intercollegiate ClayCourt Championships scheduled for September 23-26 in Baltimore, Md.
The win for Montgomery, who played #2 singles at UVa during the 1998-99season, is his first national title at the collegiate level. His victoryover Pedroso was his fifth of the week. In the third round, he upsettop-seeded Aaron Marchetti, formerly of Virginia Tech.
“I sort of got lucky because I just played those last big points in thetie-breaker really well,” said Montgomery, who last played Pedroso whenthey were 12-year-olds playing USTA junior tennis. “That was the onlydifference because it was so close the whole time. Then, in the secondset, I was able to get the momentum early on.”
Montgomery compiled a 15-13 overall singles record last season for theCavaliers. In addition, he teamed with Brian Vahaly as UVa’s #1 doublesteam, as they were ranked 18th nationally in doubles. As a freshman twoyears ago Montgomery was named to the All-ACC squad with a 27-14 singlesmark.
The ITA National Summer Championships, presented by the United StatesTennis Association (USTA), is the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate SummerCircuit and is sanctioned by the USTA as the U.S. National Amateur TennisChampionships. The tournament is made up primarily of collegiate players,but is also open to non-collegiate amateurs.