October 14, 2009

Bulldogs to Compete in ITA Regionals

HANOVER, N.H. – The Bulldogs will compete in the Wilson/ITA Regionals this weekend at Dartmouth University. 

Yale players will have the chance to compete in the ITA Regionals, with the winner of the tournament receiving an automatic bid into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at Yale University Nov. 5 to Nov. 8.  Either way, the Bulldogs will have two singles players and one doubles team in the ITA National Indoors since Yale receives wild card entries by hosting the event.

The ITA Regionals will be Yale’s most important tournament of the fall season, said Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men’s Tennis.  

“The Northeast Regional Championships at Dartmouth should be very exciting as the list of legitimate contenders for the title is the largest that I have ever seen for this event,” Dorato said.  “I include all of our players on the list.  We have been playing well, and on any given day our players could knock off anyone.  I am anxious to see my players compete as I think we are going to do very well."

Twenty-four Wilson/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over the last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country.

 

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, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

Last season, captain Jeff Dawson ’09 made it all the way to the semifinals of the Yale hosted Wilson/ITA Regionals in front of a home crowd.   

The ITA Regionals will be Yale’s last fall tournament away from the friendly confines of the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  After this tournament, Yale will host the Connecticut State Championships before concluding its fall season with the ITA National Indoors. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity