Oct. 15, 2014
Milwaukee--The Marquette University women's tennis team is back for competition in the Midwest this weekend, traveling to Champaign, Illinois for the ITA Regional Championships beginning on Thursday, Oct. 16 and going until Tuesday, Oct. 21.
The first serves start at 9 a.m. on Thursday with the first round of qualifying singles followed by round two of qualifying singles. Friday will continue with singles play at 9 a.m. as well as the first round of doubles action beginning at 2 p.m.
Saturday at 10 a.m. marks the 48-person main draw with the first and second singles rounds followed by doubles round of 16. Sunday hosts the doubles quarterfinal and the semifinals and the main draw round of 16 beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at 10 a.m. continues with doubles semifinals and singles quarterfinals and semifinals.
Tuesday accounts for the final day of competition with singles and doubles finals at 10 a.m.
The Golden Eagles hit the courts after coming off a successful weekend down in Tucson, Arizona at the Wildcat Invitational. The doubles tandem of Erin Gebes and Ana Pimienta finished as runners-up in the back draw of main doubles. The tandem is currently 5-2 in doubles play going into this weekend.
Vanessa Foltinger, Paula Tormos Sanchez and Diana Tokar have won all of their last singles matches. In Arizona, Foltinger lost only one of her matches and finished with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in her last match.
Last year at the the ITA Regional Championships, MU saw success from current players, Ali Dawson, Gebes and Pimienta. Gebes and Pimienta defeated the 12th seeded doubles group while Dawson took home the top `Singles A' flight at the second chance regional.
More information, including live video links, can be found on the tournament website at http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/ita-regional-2014.html.
The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature over 8,000 student-athletes from all NCAA divisions, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges in several competitions all across the country.
After Regionals, MU will have two weekends off before heading to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the WMU Super Challenge Nov. 7-9.