2013 USTA/ITA Women's Tennis Midwest Regional Championships
USTA/ITA Division III Women's Midwest Regional Championships
UW-Whitewater, St. Thomas Take Home Titles From 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional
St. Peter, Minn. – The 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional concluded on Sunday afternoon with the semifinals and finals of both the singles and doubles competition. UW-Whitewater and St. Thomas took home the pair of titles, Whitewater in the singles and St. Thomas in doubles.
After defeating Anne Lombardi of Carleton 6-2,6-3 in the semis, Megan Humphreys went on to defeat teammate Alex Bayliss in the championship match in straight sets 6-3,6-1 in the singles bracket. In the doubles bracket, the unseeded St. Thomas duo of Kara Lefsrud and Bridget Noack defied the odds to win the doubles crown, taking down the top-seeded Carleton pair of Anne Lombardi and Michaela Becich in the title match.
Day Two In The Books, Championships Slated For Sunday
St. Peter, Minn. – The second day of the 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships is complete and the field is set for the semifinal and final rounds, scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22nd. In the singles bracket, the highest remaining seed is Alex Bayliss of UW-Whitewater. She will take on her teammate, eighth-seeded Jackie Vitale in the semifinal round. Vitale was able to advance to the semis after defeating Shelby Henderson of St. Thomas, who upset top-seeded Tai Lucero of Coe in the round of 16. The other semifinal will feature the No. 4 seed Anne Lombardi of Carleton and the No. 5 seed Megan Humphreys of UW-Whitewater.
In the doubles bracket, Lombardi will be back on the court with her partner, Michaela Becich to represent Carleton in the semifinals. As the top seed in the tournament, the pair will take on the unseeded pair of Kimmy Mrozek and Bryanne Blanton of UW-La Crosse. After upsetting the fourth-seeded Gustavus duo Annie Mahoney and Michaela Shulz Friday in the round of 32, Mrozek and Blanton continued on to upset fifth-seeded Bari Reynolds and Haleigh McPeek of Carthage yesterday in the quarterfinals to earn their spot in the semis. In the other semifinal match, No. 2 seed Victoria Bravo and Kylie Ketcho of St. Catherine will take on unseeded Kara Lefsrud and Bridget Noack of St. Thomas. Lefsrud and Noack upset third-seeded Alexandra Bayliss and Jackie Vitale in yesterday’s round of 32, then followed that performance with an upset of eighth-seeded Olivia Hartwick and Abby Tresedder of UW-La Crosse.
Day One Concluded At USTA/ITA Midwest RegionalSt. Peter, Minn. - Day one of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional has concluded in St. Peter. In the singles bracket, seven of the top eight seeds and 13 of the top 16 seeds advanced to the round of 16. Amy Sebastian of Coe College pulled the upset of the day, defeating No. 7 seed Bari Reynolds of Carthage in the opening round. Sebastian won the match in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-4, but would later fall in the second round to Erika Williams of UW-Whitewater. Amy Upthagrove also advanced to the round of 16 after upsetting No. 11 seed Olivia Hartwick of UW-La Crosse 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round. She would later outlast Mary Frassetto 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-5. Sidney Dirks of Gustavus was the final player seeded outside of the top 16 to advance to the round of 16 on Friday.
A pair of upsets highlighted the opening day in the doubles draw. The UW-La Crosse tandem of Kimmy Mrozek and Bryanne Blanton upset the No. 4-seeded Gustavus duo of Annie Mahoney and Michaela Shulz 9-7 in the round of 32 to advance to Saturday’s round of 16. Ariana Hudson and Shashana Moll also upset No. 7 seed Katie Gillman and Maddie Johnson of UW-Eau Claire 8-3 in the second round.
Day two of the tournament is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st.
Gustavus Set To Host USTA/ITA Midwest Regional This Weekend
St. Peter, Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships at the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center and Brown Outdoor Courts in St. Peter, Minn. this weekend. The Women’s USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships will run from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. The regional championships at Gustavus will feature 21 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 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Florida. 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. 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.
Sixty-four of the top singles players and doubles teams in the midwest will take part in the tournament, which will begin with singles matches on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Tai Lucero of Coe College comes in as the No. 1 overall seed in the singles draw of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional. Behind Lucero sits second-seeded Victoria Bravo of St. Catherine University, third-seeded Alexandra Bayliss of UW-Whitewater, and fourth-seeded Anne Lombardi of Carleton College.
The doubles competition will begin on Friday immediately after the completion of the second round of singles play. The duo of Anne Lombardi and Michaela Becich from Carleton will enter the tournament as the top-seeded doubles team. They will be challenged by second-seeded Victoria Bravo and Kylie Ketcho of St. Catherine, third-seeded Alexandra Bayliss and Jackie Vitale of UW-Whitewater, and four-seeded Annie Mahoney and Michaela Schulz of Gustavus Adolphus.
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). The USTA/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. The official ITA website is http://www.itatennis.com.