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Tennis Indoor Championship Brackets Released

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Release: November 05, 2003
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Nov. 5, 2003

ANN ARBOR, MI -- The top seeds for this week's ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the University of Michigan, the second of three national championships for collegiate tennis this season, were announced today by the ITA. Among the seeded players are Old Dominion's men's doubles team of junior Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) and senior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) along with van der Merwe and senior Lady Monarch Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) among the singles main draw participants.

The singles and doubles champions from the season's first national tournaments, the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships played last month, will be the No. 1 seeds at the Nov. 6-9 event: Alex Vlaski of Washington and Raquel Kops-Jones of California in men's and women's singles, and Texas A&M's Lester Cook and Ante Matijevic and Vanderbilt's Kelly Schmandt and Aleke Tsoubanos in doubles.

Following Washington's Vlaski in the men's singles seeding are (in order): Romain Ambert of Mississippi State, Bo Hodge of Georgia, Janne Holmia of Florida, Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State, Catalin Gard of Mississippi, Jesse Witten of Kentucky and Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida. Old Dominion's Izak van der Merwe will also be apart of the main draw on the men's side.

After Texas A&M's Cook and Matijevic, the men's doubles seeds are: defending champs Richard and William Barker of Rice, Izak van der Merwe and Zoltan Csanadi of Old Dominion and Brian Morton and Jonathan Endrikat of UC-Irvine.

Following Cal's Kops-Jones are: defending champ Agata Cioroch of Georgia, Christelle Grier of Northwestern, Alexis Gordon of Florida, Julie Coin of Clemson, Daria Panova of Oregon, Amanda Johnson of Duke and Alice Barnes of Stanford. Lady Monarch senior Nataly Cahana, who captured the ITA East Region Title last month, is also among the main draw participants.

Following Vanderbilt's Schmandt and Tsoubanos in women's doubles seeding are: Northwestern's Grier and Jessica Rush, Georgia's Cioroch and Shadisha Robinson and Cal's Kops-Jones and Sasha Podkolzina.

The 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments for Division I men and women, will be hosted by Michigan at its Varsity Tennis Center for the first time after a nine-year stint with SMU at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. The event features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from ITA Regional Championships held across the country during the past two weeks, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made last week by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women and recent participants include current professionals James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), Laura Granville (Stanford) and Brian Vahaly (Virginia). Longtime pros Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Lisa Raymond (Florida) are also among the past singles champions. Host Michigan's MaliVai Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist, won the 1989 men's singles title (beating teammate and current UM assistant Dan Goldberg in the final).

This weekend's semifinal and final matches will be broadcast live on the internet on www.RadioTennis.com.

A complete schedule of play is listed on the www.itatennis.com. Admission to the event is free to general public.

The first national tournaments of the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season were the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, which took place Oct. 9-12. This week's ITA National Intercollegiates are the second, and the season-ending NCAA Championships (not administered by the ITA) are the third and take place in May.

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