NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Stephanie Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.), sophomore Vicky Brook (London, England), and senior Jessica Rhee (Dayton, Ohio) will compete for Yale in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University.
Kent and Rhee will compete in the 32-player singles draw, and the doubles team of Kent and Brook will compete in the 16-player doubles draw.
Rhee will take on the No. 6 seeded Allie Will of Florida Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Kent will face No. 8 seeded Venise han of Washington at 1 p.m. Thursday. The doubles team of Brook and Kent will face Fresno Pacific’s Vanessa Heroux and Katia Sabate at 9 a.m. Thursday.
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.
Kent, Brook, and Rhee have the chance to compete in the tournament as a result of Yale hosting the prestigious event.
Kent was the star of the Wilson / ITA Northeast Regional Championships hosted 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. Rhee also advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw with three victories.
The weekend’s festivities will include more than just tennis. The weekend kicked off on Wednesday night with a dinner banquet hosted at Yale University’s Pierson Residential College. The banquet included 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.
Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity