Women's Tennis Heads to Georgia for USTA/ITA Championships
Thursday, October 21, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team is set to travel to Athens, Ga. for the USTA/ITA Regional Championships hosted by the University of Georgia. This year’s Southeast Region event will take place from Oct. 22-25.

“I am thrilled for our team,” said third-year head coach Jennifer Gabou. “They have been training hard since last fall with being selected for the Regional as a goal. I look forward to seeing them compete against some very high level players in Athens.”

In Athens, the top collegiate players from 16 schools around the state of Georgia and Florida will compete in a 64-player singles draw along with a 32-team doubles field. Action gets underway with doubles at 9 a.m. on Friday followed by two rounds of singles. The event concludes on Monday.

This year’s field features the 2010 NCAA Team Finalist Florida Gators and17 ITA nationally-ranked singles players. Selection into the ITA Region is voted on by the Regional Committee of coaches and the winner of the ITA Regional receives entry into the National Indoors competition.

The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top men's and women's players competing in each of the ITA's regions across the country over the course of the next two months. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships held at 85 different college campuses across the country.

All matches are slated to be outdoors and the event is free and open to the public. The tournament draw will be released late Thursday and daily results will be available online HERE.

Singles Competitors
Senior Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Texas/Tyler Junior College)
Sophomore Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy)
Sophomore Melissa Narzissenfeld (Tampa, Fla./Academy of the Holy Names)
Freshman Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) - 3rd on the Alternate List

Doubles Competitors
Iris Rendon and Morgan Bechtel
Gyanna Mandic and Melissa Narzissenfeld

Tournament Schedule
Friday (Play begins at 9 a.m.)
Doubles: Round of 32
Singles: Round of 64
Singles: Round of 32

Saturday (Play begins at 9 a.m.)
Doubles: Round of 16
Doubles: Quarterfinals Consolation
Singles: Round of 32
Singles Main Draw: Round of 16
Consolation Singles: Round of 16

Sunday (Play begins at 10 a.m.)
Consolation Singles: Quarterfinals
Singles Main Draw: Quarterfinals
Consolation Singles: Semifinals
Singles Main Draw: Semifinals
Doubles: Semifinals

Monday (Play begins at 11 a.m.)
Singles Main Draw: Final
Consolation Singles: Final
Doubles: Final