at ITA Regionals on Oct. 22-26 in Salt Lake City, Utah NEXT WEEK:
READY FOR MORE
With nearly two weeks off from fall competition, the Kansas State women’s tennis team jumps right back into action this week as the Wildcats travel to the 2003 ITA Women’s Tennis Regionals on Oct. 22-26 at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SCOUTING THE TOURNAMENT DRAW
The five-day tournament will feature over 120 participants in singles play and 56 doubles entries from 26 college teams across the central region. The field will include host Utah, Boise State, BYU, Utah State, Weber State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Tulsa among others. Tournament play opens with the singles qualifying rounds held Wednesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CST). The second and third days will feature main draw singles and doubles, and consolation rounds at 9:30 a.m. The quarterfinals and semifinals of all draws will be played Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. The finals take place on Sunday, Oct. 26 with the singles consolation at 10 a.m., singles championship at 11:30 a.m. and both the doubles consolation and championship at 2 p.m.
QUOTING KANSAS STATE HEAD COACH STEVE BIETAU
“We’ve had a successful stretch of practice over the last two weeks and it was a good amount of time to focus on what we needed to improve on,” Bietau said. “We’ve made really good progress so far this fall. We are very excited to play in this tournament, because we will be up against our direct competition in our (central) region. We expect a strong field of competition and look at this as one more opportunity to keep on improving.”
LOVE IT LIVE
Tennis fans wanting to follow the regional tournament in-depth, can access live brackets via the Internet at www.UtahUtes.com. To access live tennis stats, click on the "ITA" logo box located on the front page of the website.
CENTRAL REGION BREAKDOWN
In 2002-03, Kansas State finish 32nd nationally and first in the central region ahead of Big 12 Conference rivals (2) Oklahoma State, (3) Oklahoma, (4) Missouri and (5) Colorado. Eight regional tournaments held across the country will serve as a qualifier for the 2003 ITA National Indoor Championships to be held on Nov. 6-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Two singles and doubles winners will advance from each of the eight regionals with 20 at-large bids. Last season, junior Maria Rosenberg ranked 13th regionally in singles, while sophomore Jessica Simosa was 21st.
2003-04 FALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Singles (Fall Record)
Maria Rosenberg (3-3)
Jessica Simosa (4-2)
Paulina Castillejos (3-3)
Hayley McIver (3-3)
Judith Diaz (1-4)
Aveen Alkhatib (1-4)