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Beloit's Lebedeva Wins Second Consecutive Singles Title,
While Gustavus' Smiley and Palen Claim Doubles Title
at 2002 Women's ITA Midwest Regional

(St. Peter, Minn. - Sunday, September 29, 2002) -- The 2002 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Midwest Regional came to a close on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College as Beloit's Julia Lebedeva claimed her second consecutive singles title and Gustavus' Kara Smiley and Lyndsey Palen won the doubles title. All three players will now advance to the Omni Hotels/ITA Small College Championships, presented by the USTA, October 17-20 at the H.E.B. Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Lebedeva, the top seed in the singles draw had to battle to claim her second title as she was pushed to three sets in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Lebedeva defeated #9 seed Christin Tiegs of the College of St. Catherine, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the semifinals, she received a severe test from #4 seed Kara Smiley of Gustavus but advanced to the final by the score of 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4. In the championship match, Lebedeva defeated #9 seed Kris Rosborough of Gustavus 6-4, 6-2. Rosborough had a great run through the singles draw as she defeated #7 seed Genevieve Philp of Carleton 6-3, 6-0 in the second round, #2 seed Alison Hover of UW-Eau Claire 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and #6 seed Laurie Alonso of UW-Eau Claire in the semifinals.

In the doubles draw, Kara Smiley and Lyndsey Palen (playing together for the first time in their collegiate careers) knocked off the top-seeded tandem of Steph Froehlich and Lindsey Pfalmer of Cornell College 8-6 in the championship match. Smiley and Palen, who were seeded second, escaped a scare in the second round when they defeated the unseeded team of Jenny Stafford and Megan Tauer of UW-Eau Claire 9-7. The Gustavus duo then went on to defeat Andrea Alioto and Jenni Stamm of UW-Whitewater 8-2 in the quarterfinals and #3 seed Sara Cahoon and Kelly Mikkila of Carthage 8-4 in the semifinals. Froehlich and Pfalmer defeated Maggie Krueger and Autumn Wilkowski of UW-Whitewater 8-4 in the quarterfinals and Kris Rosborough and Mikaela Schmitt of Gustavus 8-6 in the semifinals before falling to Smiley and Palen in the final.

2002 ITA Midwest Regional Preview

Gustavus Adolphus College will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 27-29. The tournament will be played at the Gibbs Complex, the Brown Complex and the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center on the Gustavus campus. Singles play will begin at 9:00 am on Friday. Doubles play begins at 2:30 pm on Friday. The winner of both the singles and doubles titles will advance to the Omni Hotels/ITA Small College Championships, presented by the USTA, October 17-20 at the H.E.B. Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The singles draw is made up of 57 players from 13 different institutions in the states of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Defending Midwest Regional Champion Julia Lebedeva of Beloit College is the #1 seed. Others seeded in the singles draw include Alison Hover of UW-Eau Claire (#2), Lindsey Pfalmer of Cornell College (#3), Diane Danforth of Carleton and Kara Smiley of Gustavus Adolphus (both #4), Laurie Alonso of UW-Eau Claire (#6), Genevieve Philp of Carleton College (#7) and Sarah Leavenworth of Cornell College (#8).

The doubles draw is made up of 52 teams from 12 different institutions. Steph Froehlich and Lindsay Pfalmer of Cornell are the #1 seeded tandem in the draw. Other seeds include Lyndsey Palen and Kara Smiley of Gustavus (#2), Sarah Cahoon and Kelly Mikkila of Carthage College (#3) and Kristen Mader and Erica Schmelzer of UW-La Crosse (#4).