October 29, 2009

Yale to Host ITA National Indoors

Bulldogs Will Receive Bids to Prestigious Tournament 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will host the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. 

The 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation’s premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season.  The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women. 

The draws will be made up of qualifiers from Wilson / ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College Championships, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships, and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. 

In addition, Yale will receive two automatic singles bids and one automatic doubles bid for both the men’s and women’s draws for hosting the prestigious event. 

For the men’s side, freshman Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.) and freshman John Huang (Irvine, Calif.) will receive Yale’s singles bids.  The doubles team of senior captain Connor Dawson (St. Charles, Ill.) and junior Calvin Bennett (Sandy, Utah) will play for Yale in the 16-team doubles field.  

On the women’s side, sophomore Stephanie Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.) and senior Jessica Rhee (Dayton, Ohio) will receive Yale’s singles bids.  The doubles team of Kent and sophomore Vicky Brook (London, England) will play for Yale in the 16-team doubles field. 

Powers had an excellent showing for the Bulldogs at the Wilson / ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Dartmouth University.  Powers won six matches including five straight over seeded players before losing in three sets in the finals. 

Kent was the star of the Wilson / ITA Northeast Regional Championships host ed by Yale University at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  Kent advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw with three victories, two of which came over seeded players.  Kent and doubles partner Brook advanced all the way to the finals of the ITA Regionals with five victories. 

The weekend’s festivities will include more than just tennis.  The weekend will kick off on Wednesday night with a dinner banquet hosted at Yale University’s Pierson Residential College.  The banquet will include speeches by ITA President David Benjamin and Yale Athletic Director Thomas Beckett. 

On Friday, Yale will host a coaches’ workshop with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Coach Tim Mayotte.  Mayotte, a former professional tennis player, won 12 professional singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 7.  Friday will also be Yale’s student day where college students with college ID’s get in for free. 

Yale will host a Youth Day on Saturday that will include a free tennis clinic for kids.  Donald Dell, a three-time collegiate tennis All-American at Yale University, will participate in a Silliman College Master’s Tea at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Saturday Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.  Dell, a former Davis Cup Player and Captain, was a 2009 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee. 

For Complete Coverage of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, click here. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity

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