2012 USTA/ITA Women's Tennis Midwest Regional Championships
USTA/ITA Division III Women's Midwest Regional Championships
Carleton And Grinnell Take Top Honors On Sunday
The 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional is complete. In the singles tournament it was Grinnell’s Laura Krull defeating UW-Whitewater’s Jackie Vitale 6-3, 6-4 to take the championship. In the doubles tournament, Bridget Doyle and Mikayla Becich of Carleton defeated Michelle Schupach and Tai Lucero of Coe College 6-2, 7-5 to earn the doubles crown.
Day Two Complete, Championship Sunday Set
After a second full day of tennis at the 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional, the finals are set for Sunday, Sept. 23. In the top half of the singles bracket, Jackie Vitale of UW-Whitewater will face Bridget Doyle of Carleton for a berth into the championship match. Looking for a berth into the final in the bottom half of the bracket will be Laura Krull of Grinnell and Tai Lucero of Coe. In the doubles tournament, Carleton’s Doyle and Mikayla Becich advanced to the championship match and will await the winner of other semifinal between Lucero and Michelle Schupach of Coe and Taylor Heltne and Katie Gillman of UW-Eau Claire.
Day One of USTA/ITA Midwest Regional In The Books
Day one of the 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships is in the books. In the singles bracket, seven of the top eight seeds in the tournament advanced to the round of 16. Jackie Vitale of UW-Whitewater pulled the upset of the day, defeating No. 6 seed Taylor Heltne of UW-Eau Claire 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-3 in the opening round.
In the doubles draw, six the top eight pairs advanced to the round of 16. Upsets in doubles included UW-La Crosse’s Andrea Vivian and Bryanne Blanton’s 9-8(3) victory over Alexandra Bayliss and Sydney Divelbiss of UW-Whitewater, and UW-Whitewater’s Lauren Aguilar and Kelly Foster’s 9-7 victory over Gustavus’ Laurel Krebsbach and Annie Mahoney.
Day two the tournament will resume with singles play at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Gustavus Set To Host USTA/ITA Midwest Regional This Weekend
Gustavus Adolphus College is hosting the 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship at the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center and Brown Outdoor Courts in St. Peter, Minn. this weekend. The Women’s Division III Midwest Region Championships will take place from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23.
The USTA/ITA Women’s Division III Regional Championships at Gustavus will feature 23 of the top schools in the region.
The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/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.
Sixty-five of the top singles and doubles players in the midwest will take part in the tournament which will begin with singles matches on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Michelle Schupach of Coe College is the No. 1 seed in the singles draw. Other seeds include second-seeded Alexandra Bayliss of UW-Whitewater, third-seeded Bridget Doyle of Carleton College, and fourth-seeded Laurel Krebsbach of Gustavus Adolphus.
The doubles competition will begin on Friday immediately after the completion of the second round of singles play. Michelle Schupach and Tai Lucero of Coe enter the tournament as the No. 1 seeded doubles team. They will be challenged by second-seeded Alexandra Bayliss and Sydney Divelbiss of UW-Whitewater, third-seeeded Taylor Heltne and Katie Gilman of UW-Eau Claire, and fourth-seeded Bridget Doyle and Mikayla Becich of Carleton.
The Swanson Indoor Tennis Center, located on the west edge of the Gustavus campus, will serve as headquarters for the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with matches taking place at Swanson and the adjacent Brown Outdoor Courts.
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). These championships are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine all levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA Divisions I-III, and California Community Colleges). Participants are determined through these USTA/ITA Regional Championships, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national champions from each division square off in the “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November).
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. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.