Oct. 26, 2009
The Cardinal women's tennis team competed in the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Ohio Valley Regional Tournament at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club in Western Hills, Ohio from October 22-26. The tournament was hosted by the University of Cincinnati this year. The singles finalists and doubles champion from this event automatically qualify for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Indoor Championships, which are being held from November 5-8 in Connecticut. The University of Louisville sent seven competitors to this 15th annual tournament.
In the round of 64, Mandy Brown was victorious for the Cardinals. She defeated Anna Dushkina of Purdue 6-1, 6-1. Brown teamed with Louise Noe in doubles to defeat Hendrieka Honibal and Cara Wald from Miami (OH) 8-4. Amelia Harris fell short to Kate Chybowski from Evansville 6-2, 6-1. Ashley Irvin was edged in three sets by Stephanie Danesis of Miami (OH) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. Jo-Ann Van Aerde was edged by Myrlam Sopel of Indiana 4-6, 7-6, 6-0. Sarah Miller was defeated by 15th ranked Keilly Ullery of Vanderbilt 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Erica Robertson of Vanderbilt edged Stephani Villajuan 6-0, 6-2.
The 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, and top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
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 Campbell/ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. 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.