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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 21, 2005

Northwest Hosts Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Midwest Region Championships

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University is hosting the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Midwest Region Championships on Sept. 23-25 in Maryville, Mo. Northwest, which serves as one of 58 sites nation-wide, will utilize the Frank Grube Courts and High Rise Courts on campus.

The regional tournament will feature some of the top NCAA Division II schools in the region, which includes all Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) institutions who sponsor women's tennis. The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Oct. 13-16 ITA National Small College Championships at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The tournament draws and seedings will be created on Thursday evening in a coaches' meeting. Play gets underway each day at 9 a.m. Head coach Mark Rosewell, who is entering his 22nd season at Northwest, mentioned this tournament is the 15th consecutive occasion Northwest as been selected as the host.

In the 2004 ITA Regionals hosted by Washburn, Gena Lindsay won the individual regional title while she teamed up with Erica Ramirez in doubles competition to take home the doubles hardware. Both are back as seniors this season and will attempt to return to Nationals.

The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 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). These championships are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine all levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA Divisions I-III, and California Community Colleges). Participants are determined through these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis 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). The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.

For more information about this event, please contact coach Rosewell at (660) 562-1312.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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