2011 ITA Division III Women's National Team Indoor Championship

Intercollegiate Tennis Association
2011 Division III National Team Indoor Championship
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College
March 4-6

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No. 1 Emory Edges No. 2 Chicago in ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship

ST. PETER, Minn. - In a rematch from last year's ITA National Division III Women's Team Indoor Championship, the 2011 title would ultimately be decided by a showdown at No. 6 singles. Behind the racquet of Emory's Laura Cavalla, who had not previously taken court until the two teams were knotted up 4-4 on the final day, with everything on the line and everyone watching intently, top-seeded Emory prevailed, capturing their second straight title, once again knocking off conference rivals, University of Chicago.

Emory has now reached the ITA Team Indoor finals in all three years since the tournament commenced, having reached 2009's inaugural tournament final, in which they were stunned by an upstart Carnegie Mellon team that knocked off three of the top seeds in as many days.

Even though Chicago Head Coach Marty Perry, who has been named the Wilson/ITA Division III Women's Coach of the Year for the past two seasons, has done a magnificent job of closing the gap between Emory and the rest of the UAA. The Eagles continue to be the elite team in one of the nation's toughest conferences, currently riding a streak of 23 consecutive UAA titles.

Jason Berney, ITA

Finals set for ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship

ST. PETER, Minn. - The finals have been set for the eight teams competing in the 2011 ITA National Division III Women's Team Indoor Championship.

After four of the top five seeds advanced with quarterfinal victories in Friday's action, top-seeded Emory University and No. 2 University of Chicago notched early leads and never let up, recording semifinal victories over No. 5 Carnegie Mellon and No. 3 Denison, respectively, advancing to tomorrow's finals in a rematch from 2010's championship match.

Jason Berney, ITA

Semifinals Set For ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship

ST. PETER, Minn. - Producing the same first round results as its men's counterpart, the top three seeds all advanced as Emory, U. of Chicago and Denison each enter tomorrow's semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship for the second-straight year.

No. 5 Carnegie Mellon provided the first round's only upset, exacting revenge on host Gustavus Adolphus with a 7-2 victory after dropping a match in last year's event. The upset by Carnegie was also a duplication of the men's tournament from just two weeks ago in which Coach Andrew Girard's team was also able to knock off the tournament's fourth seed as the only first-round upset.

The third-annual event returned to Gustavus Adolphus after hosting the inaugural championship just two years ago.

Jason Berney, ITA

Gustavus Set to Host Third Annual ITA Division III Indoor Championship

Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the third annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Women’s Indoor Championship at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. Eight of the top 15 teams in Division III tennis will compete to determine the 2011 ITA Division III National Indoor Champion.

The field includes Emory University of Atlanta, Ga. (ranked #3 in ITA National Poll), the University of Chicago (#4), Denison University of Granville, Ohio (#5), host Gustavus Adolphus College (#7), Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Pa. (#8), Washington and Lee University of Lexington, Va. (#10), Chapman University of Orange, Calif. (#13), and DePauw University of Greencastle, Ind. (#15).

The tournament will begin on Friday morning with #3-seeded Denison facing #6 Washington and Lee, and #2 Chicago battling #7 Chapman at 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, #1 Emory plays #8 DePauw and #4 Gustavus takes on #5 Carnegie Mellon. The afternoon matches are slated to begin at 5:00 pm. Saturday’s schedule has the losers of Friday’s matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m., while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 p.m. Consolation finals are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9:00 am on Sunday morning.

Many of the top players in Division III will be taking part in the tournament including eight 2010 All-America singles players. Some of the top players include Courtney Chin and Laura Chen of Carnegie Mellon, Elizabeth Lewis of Chapman, Jennifer Kung and Kendra Higgins of Chicago, Janelle Arita of DePauw, and Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson of Emory.

In doubles play, eight 2010 All-America players from around the country will be present including Ashley Herrick and Laura Chen of Carnegie Mellon, Chrissy Hu and Kendra Higgins of Chicago, Kristin Cobb of Denison, Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson of Emory, and Sam Frank of Gustavus.

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