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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 20, 2007

Northwest To Host Wilson/ITA Regional Championships

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State is set to host the Wilson/ITA North Central Region Women's Championships starting Friday at 8 a.m. Matches will take place at the Frank Grube and High Rise Tennis Courts on the Northwest Campus and at Beal Park in east central Maryville, south of 7th St. and west of Depot St. The tournament concludes Sunday with championship matches for both singles and doubles.

All eight MIAA programs and seven other teams are expected to have student-athletes competing. Emporia State senior Marcela Bayon from Chihuaha, Mexica, is the defending singles champion and was also a member of the winning doubles team.

Also expected to compete for the singles' crown are Washburn senior Diane Goldsmith and Missouri Southern senior Michelle Hall. Kristina Vucenov, a senior-transfer from Serbia, is expected to be the top performer for the Bearcats.

Gena Lindsay was the last Bearcat to win the singles and doubles crowns. She swept the titles in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

This is the 17th consecutive year that Northwest has hosted either a men's or women's ITA regional championship event. The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Oct. 11-14 ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala.

In addition to the ITA tournament at Northwest, 60 other regional championships are being played across the country over the last three weeks of September.

About the Championships: 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 the levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA Divisions I-III and the California schools).

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).

About the ITA: 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 Fila Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468