Huskies Set to Host Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships
Oct. 10, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington men's tennis is gearing up to host one of the premier individual events of the fall this weekend, as players from 11 Division-I schools over four states will converge at the Nordstrom Tennis Center for the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Men's Regional Championships. The tournament runs from Oct. 12-16, with matches running throughout the day over the weekend. The singles finalists and doubles champion from this event will earn spots in the Nov. 1-4 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted by Ohio State University.
In addition to host Washington, this event will feature top players from D-I schools such as Stanford, California, Oregon, Nevada, and Santa Clara, among others.
'Hosting this tournament is a thrill,' said Husky head coach Matt Anger, now entering his 14th season. 'The Regional has always been a big part of the fall for the players who are eager to get as many matches in as possible.Then the carrot dangling out there are the automatic spots into National Indoors in November. That is the toughest tournament of the year to get into, even more than the NCAAs because of the draw size. Our guys have been pointing to this weekend since school started.'
Eighteen Wilson/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over these last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country.
The 2007 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first event - the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships - were held earlier this month, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
Washington has hosted the event once before in 1999. That year, Stanford's Alex Kim took the singles title and K.J. Hippensteel and David Martin, also of Stanford, captured the doubles crown. Kim went on to win the NCAA Singles Championship the following spring.
Admission is free for fans this weekend. Those who can't attend can follow along with all the action at www.gohuskies.com which will feature updated scores throughout the day, daily recaps, and live video from the semifinal and final rounds on Monday and Tuesday.