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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 16, 2004

Bearcat Women's Tennis Individuals Complete Play at ITA Nationals

FT. MYERS , Fla. - Northwest Missouri State's Gena Lindsay and Erica Ramirez wrapped up competition at the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships over the weekend, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with the Lee County Sports Authority.

In singles action, Lindsay was defeated by Yuliya Kuznets of Lewis, 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday. Then, Daria Segenchuk of East Central notched a 6-4, 6-2 Friday victory over Lindsay before she took home a 6-4, 6-1 win against Annika Biro (Valdosta State) in the 7th-place match on Saturday.

In doubles action, Lindsay and Ramirez first dropped a straight set match on Thursday (6-0, 6-3) to Victoria Weltz and Andrea Kostricova from Lynn. Later in the day, the Bearcat teammates lost 1-6, 6-4, 11-9 to Stephanie Eckhart and Katie Opilo of Millersville. Competition was finalized when Tarleton State's Lauren Barzilla and Alicia Cummings defeated the Northwest duo 7-5, 6-4 Friday in the 7th-place match.

Complete results for the men and women can be viewed at www.itatennis.com

The ITA National Small College Championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association, began in 1985 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. Participants were determined through the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, held the past three weeks, which serve as qualifying tournaments where the singles and doubles champions advance to Fort Myers.

At the ITA National Small College Championships each division (men's and women's singles and doubles) consists of the eight champions from regional tournaments, from which a national (divisional) champion is determined during the first two-and-a-half days of competition. These national champions from each division square off in the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis (during the weekend) to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions, who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event in November.

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