Oct. 23, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
After a four-week break from competition, the women's tennis team travels to the University of Georgia to take part in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Regionals held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Action begins Friday, Oct. 24 and runs through Monday, Oct. 27.
"We have worked diligently to prepare for the ITA South Regionals," said head coach Jenny Mainz. "The team has been focused on this tournament and understands the significance of the Regionals. The best players in our South Region represent some of the top national singles and doubles teams. This certainly affords Alabama many considerable opportunities. The singles finalists and the doubles champions are awarded spots in the ITA National Indoor Championships next month."
A total of 21 different institutions will be represented including 14 of the top 125-ranked singles players in the nation. The tournament contains two flights, called A and B, with both consisting of a 64-player singles draw and 32-team doubles bracket.
Alabama has enjoyed a successful fall season thus far. Tiffany Welcher went 3-0 in match play to capture the singles championship at the Milwaukee Fall Tennis Classic, and collected runner-up honors with teammate Paulina Bigos in doubles play. The two of them then went on to compete at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship. The rest of the team remained in Tuscaloosa and had a great weekend at its own Roberta Alison Fall Classic. Both Merritt Emery and Taylor Lindsey rolled through their individual draw to win the finals.
"I am encouraged with the progress this team has made through the course of the fall season," added Mainz. "We have had some promising results this fall. This team is intent on building confidence and gaining speed to head into the spring season. Our team goals are to create more of a presence in the South Region, get more Alabama players in the South Region rankings and put ourselves in a position to be playing in the ITA National Indoor Championships in November."
Match play at the Regionals opens Friday with the first two rounds of singles in both the A and B draws. Saturday will begin with the first two rounds of doubles, followed by the first round of singles consolation in both draws as well as the round of 16 in the singles main draws. Sunday will feature the round of 16 singles consolation matchups in both the A and B draws followed by the quarterfinals of the main and consolation draws for both A and B. The day will wrap up with the singles main draw semifinals. Monday will conclude with the semifinals of the consolation singles, finals of both the main and consolation singles followed by the semifinals and finals of the doubles draws.