Men's Tennis Sends Four to National Indoor Championships
Nov. 1, 2006
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa's men's tennis team will send four representatives to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships on November 2-5.
This year's event is hosted by Ohio State and will take place at the Racquet Club of Columbus and is the second of three national tournaments for singles and doubles during the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season.
These championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Tennis Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships presented by Fila and at-large and wild card selections made earlier this week by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships. ??Among the participants in the 2006 championships include defending men's singles champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA, who also won last May's NCAA crown.
Also competing will be Polo Ralph Lauren All-American champion and finalists Arnau Brugues of Tulsa and John Isner of Georgia, respectively. Georgia's Polo Ralph Lauren All-American doubles champs Isner and Luis Flores highlight that field.
Next weekend's semifinal and championship matches will be broadcast live by Ken Thomas at www.RadioTennis.com .
The 2006-07 collegiate tennis season's first of three national championship events were the ITA All-American Championships in October, followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November. The NCAA Championships in May are the third (and not administered by the ITA). ??The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women and recent champions and finalists include current and recent top 100 professionals Benjamin Becker (Baylor), James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), Laura Granville (Stanford), Marissa Irvin (Stanford), Kevin Kim (UCLA), Jeff Morrison (Florida) and Lisa Raymond (Florida). Big Ten legends and Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin (Northwestern) and MaliVai Washington (Michigan) are also among the past champions. Host Ohio State has had champions each of the last three years: Jeremy Wurtzman in 2003 (singles) and Scott Green and Ross Wilson the past two years in doubles.
Brugues will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will face Todd Paul of Wake Forest in the first round. Brugues sports an 8-1 record this season and is 7-1 against ranked competition.
Ricardo Soriano will join Brugues in the singles draw and will face Ohio State's Steven Moneke in the first round. Soriano was the Central Region runner-up and is 7-3 on the season.
In doubles play, Tulsa's Diego Camacho and Ross Cunningham will face the No. 3 seeded Marco Born and Andrea Siljestrom of Middle Tennessee State in the first round. Camacho and Cunningham are 10-1 on the year, including a win over the nation's No. 1 doubles team.
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