2018 ITA Midwest Regional Championships

Sept. 21-24, 2018 | Gustavus Adolphus College

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Ginger Valentine of Gustavus won the singles title.

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 24) – For the second consecutive season, the Gustavus women’s tennis team has produced the singles champion at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships. On Monday morning, Ginger Valentine defeated Ali Kopiecki of Hamline 6-0, 6-4 to earn All-America status. Valentine joins teammate Bri Hartmann as Midwest Region singles champions as Hartmann achieved the feat last year.

Valentine started her title run with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Natali Sorajja of Macalester. She then beat Ashley Solberg of Concordia-Wisconsin 6-0, 6-0, and Jill Weintzell of Bethel 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. Valentine, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, topped Natalie Wijesinghe 6-2, 7-5, setting up a match with the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Gabi Kitchell of UW-Whitewater. Valentine went on to upset Kitchell 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Valentine will next compete at the ITA Cup on Oct. 11-14 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The ITA Cup features eight regional champions competing for the national title.

“Ginger played so tough all weekend,” Head Coach Jon Carlson said. “The movement and shot-making ability was the best I’ve ever seen in her career, in what has already been an amazing career. She earned the championship going through some very tough players.” 

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Maggie and Grace Riermann of Bethel won the doubles title.

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 23) – Day three of the 2018 ITA Women’s Midwest Regional Championships concluded Sunday night with the doubles championship and the singles semifinals.

Maggie Riermann and Grace Riermann of Bethel won the doubles title with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory over Kristina Conrad and Madeline Prins of Carleton. Riermann and Riermann earn All-America status with their regional championship and advance to play in the ITA national tournament. 

In singles play, Gustavus’s Ginger Valentine knocked off top-seeded Gabi Kitchell of UW-Whitewater 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to advance to the title match. Valentine will face Ali Kopiecki of Hamline in the singles championship at 9 a.m. Monday. Kopiecki won her semifinal match over Grace Riermann 7-6, 7-5.


SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 20) - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the 2018 ITA Midwest Regional Championships presented by Oracle in Saint Peter, Minn. this weekend. The tournament runs from Friday, September 21 through Monday, September 24 and will feature 28 of the top teams in the region at eight sites throughout Saint Peter and Mankato.

The Swanson Indoor Tennis Center, located on the west edge of the Gustavus campus, will serve as headquarters for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with matches also taking place at the adjacent Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex.

The singles and doubles champions from the ITA Regional Championships will advance to the ITA National Small College Championships. The ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA, and junior/community colleges. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete at one of the 84 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country.

The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men’s and women’s singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA’s four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). The ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall “Super Bowl” champions. The “Super Bowl” champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men’s and women’s tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.To learn more about the ITA, click here

Teams competing this weekend at Gustavus include:

Bethel, Carleton, Carroll, Carthage, Central, Coe, Concordia-Moorhead, Concordia-Wisconsin, Cornell, Edgewood, Grinnell, Gustavus, Hamline, Luther, Macalester, Northwestern-St. Paul, Simpson, St. Catherine, Saint Mary's, St. Norbert, St. Olaf, St. Scholastica, St. Thomas, Wartburg, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Whitewater.