Oct. 12, 2006
Smith and Saulsbury Drop Match in Day 1 at ITA Nationals
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Northwest Missouri State men's tennis senior Chris Smith (Johannesburg, South Africa) and junior Jake Saulsbury (Lexington, Neb.) dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision to Brett Emerson and Zach Dillard of Midwestern (Tex.) State in the opening round of doubles play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Tournament, this afternoon. Smith and Saulsbury will now face the losers of the match between Nikolas Overkemping and Joerg Ekkenga of Valdosta State (Ga.) or Taavo Roos and Davor Zink of Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.). This second round match takes place on Friday around 12:30 p.m. EST.
"It was a close match but we played real well," said head tennis coach Mark Rosewell. "They (Emerson and Dillard) were the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Tomorrow will not get any easier as we will face the winner of the Valdosta State and Armstrong Atlantic match. Both those schools are big tennis schools."
Smith and Saulsbury won the ITA North Central Regional title on Oct. 1 while Emerson and Dillard of Midwestern (Texas) State were the Central Region champs. The ITA national appearance for the Northwest men is a first in school history.
Florida Gulf Coast University serves as the host site for the third consecutive year, hosting championships for Division II, Division III, NAIA, and Junior Colleges. Champions from each Division will play one another on Friday and Saturday, with the overall champion receiving a wild card bid into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 2-5.
Full results of the Division II bracket can be found at http://www.itatennis.com/SmallCollege06/div2men.htm
The ITA is the governing body of collegiate tennis and promotes the athletic and academic achievements of collegiate tennis. The ITA Small College Championships began in 1986, and are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II level. More information on the ITA can be found at www.itatennis.com.
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