ST. PETER, Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College is hosting the 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championship this weekend at the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center and the Brown Outdoor Courts. The Men's Division III Midwest Regional Championships will take place Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30.
Fresh off his Iowa Conference Individual title, the Spartan's Nick Garcia earned the #7 seed in the 2012 Singles Championships and will receive a first round bye. Dishon Deering is in the lower half of the bracket and will face Josh Trueblood of Wartburg in the opening round. Demetrius Johnson will open his play against Joey Kronzer of St. Olaf. Garcia and Johnson will join up for doubles action and will meet Matt Knutson and Sam Cychosz of Luther.
It's definitely a gauntlet when you consider 120 individuals in the singles draw, " commented coach Bryan Mours. "To win you have to be on top of your game, Garcia is just one of two returning players who have won an ITA championship and he has a great chance to earn a second trip to nationals. I think our draws are favorable to winning some matches. Our team is ready and the way we competed at IIAC last weekend will help us carry some confidence into the ITA's."
The USTA/ITA Men's Division III Regional Championships at Gustavus will feature 23 of the top small college tennis programs in the region. The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
Over 145 of the top singles and doubles players in the Midwest will take part in the tournament beginning with singles matches on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. The Swanson Indoor Tennis Center, located on the west edge of the Gustavus campus, will serve as headquarters for the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with matches taking place at Swanson and the adjacent Brown Outdoor Courts, as well as the Gibbs Tennis Courts, which are situated just north of the Gustavus main entrance.
The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA's four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). The national champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event, in November).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com