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    Wildcats Set for ITA Midwest Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tommy Hanus drew the 10th seed at the ITA Midwest Championships.
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    Tommy Hanus drew the 10th seed at the ITA Midwest Championships.
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    (Updated at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 to reflect new draws)

    Oct. 21, 2003

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Wildcats will travel to Michigan State this week, host of this year's ITA Omni Orrington Midwest Regional Championships. Players from 31 teams will compete in qualifying singles, main draw singles and doubles.

    The first, second and third rounds of qualifying singles will take place Thursday and Friday. Ahmed Wahla (Lahore, Pakistan/Lahore American School) will play NU's first match, facing Cleveland State's Eric Winn on Day 1.

    "We're excited about the regional and the chance to match up with the rest of the Midwest," said head coach Paul Torricelli. "The new format with a qualifier of 64 provides a lot more opportunity for every team."

    Also in action Thursday, ninth-seeded Willy Lock (Lima, Peru/Markham College) will take on DePaul's George Wang, while another Wildcat ninth seed, Matt Christian (Troy, Mich./Brother Rice), will compete against Wisconsin's Mark Weinig.

    Eight players from the qualifiers will advance to the main draw singles, which runs Saturday through Tuesday. Northwestern currently has four players scheduled to play, including 10th-seeded Tommy Hanus (Palatine, Ill./Palatine), who will try to take down DePaul's Mark Henderson.

    The other Wildcats are Adam Schaechterle (Oconomowoc, Wis./Kettle Moraine), competing against Butler's 15th-seeded Kevin Gill; Christian Tempke, (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium Lohbrugge) meeting Ohio State's Ross Wilson; and Chuck Perrin (Atlanta, Ga./The Walker School), matching up against Notre Dame's Ryan Keckly.

    NU will also have fours pairs compete in Saturday through Tuesday's doubles draw, led by Tempke and Jamie Friedland (Glen Cove, N.Y./St. Stephen's) facing Iowa's Ryan Reid and Jonny Hoak.

    Meanwhile, the duo of Christian and Perrin will square off against Wisconsin-Green Bay's Jarett Cascino and Tyler Dorn, and the Hanus-Schaechterle pair will meet Ohio State's ninth-seeded Scott Green and Ross Wilson.

    Wahla and Lock also have a doubles match, but they have not been slotted in the draw yet.

    Torricelli is pleased that newcomers Christian, Lock, Friedland and Tempke will get a chance to face some tough competition.

    "I'm especially looking forward to seeing our freshmen in action," said Torricelli. "This is the biggest freshmen class we've had in some time, and (they) will really impact our program."

    Both the doubles and singles finals will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 28, with times TBA.