October 14, 2009
Huskies To Take Part in ITA Championships
MOBILE, AL - The 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships, one of collegiate athletics' most unique events, will be taking place October 15-18 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
These championships, presented the United States Tennis Association, are being hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, the world's largest public tennis facility, for the third consecutive year. This full-service facility includes over 60 courts, all lighted and hard-court, with a pro shop and professional instruction on site.
This event, administered by the ITA, dates back to 1986 and determines national champions for NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College men's and women's singles and doubles during the first two-and-a-half days of play. Those champions then compete to become the overall national small college champs (for all divisions) on October 17-18 in the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis.
Each small college division features eight singles players and eight doubles teams who earned spots into this national event by winning their respective Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held over the past three weeks throughout the country. All told, over 5,000 student-athletes competed in 64 regional tournaments to earn spots in the national event.
Bloomsburg will be represented in the event by the doubles team of Fernando Perez (Center Valley/Southern Lehigh) and Ricky Dove (Port Matilda/State College). The duo won the Atlantic Region championship at the end of September to advance to the national championship. As a team Perez and Dove are 5-2 on the season.