Oct. 9, 2013
2013 ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Thursday, Oct. 10-Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Varsity Tennis Center
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Qualifying Singles Draw Day 1
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern women's tennis team will spend an extended weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., competing in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships hosted by the University of Michigan. The winners of each draw earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Championships. The event, running from Oct. 10-15, will be held at Michigan's Varsity Tennis Center.
A Northwestern player has won the singles event in 10 of the past 14 seasons. Kate Turvy is the most recent to do so, winning it last year.
Belinda Niu and Veronica Corning enter the weekend nationally ranked in singles play. Niu starts play at No. 105, while Corning is placed at No. 111.
Action is slated to begin Thursday morning at 9 a.m. with the qualifying singles first round. Winners of the qualifying rounds will advance to the main draw, expected to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Singles and doubles main draws will run through Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Three Wildcat freshmen will participate in the qualifying round held Thursday morning. Brooke Rischbieth and Maddie Lipp will begin in the first round, while Jillian Rooney earns a first-round bye.
The `Cats are one of 23 teams participating in the regional championships. They will be joined by five other Big Ten programs, including Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
ITA Midwest Regional Championship Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. -- Qualifying Singles First Round
12:30 p.m. -- Qualifying Singles Second Round
Friday, Oct. 11
9 a.m. -- Qualifying Singles Round of 16 (eight players will qualify for main draw)
2 p.m. -- Main Draw Doubles First Round
4 p.m. -- Main Draw Doubles Second Round
Saturday, Oct. 12
9 a.m. -- Doubles Main Draw Round of 16
10 a.m. -- Singles Main Draw First Round
1:30 p.m. -- Singles Main Draw Second Round
Sunday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. -- Doubles Main Draw Quarterfinals
11:30 a.m. -- Doubles Main Draw Semifinals
1 p.m. -- Singles Main Draw Round of 16
Monday, Oct. 14
9 a.m. -- Doubles Main Draw Championship
10:30 a.m. -- Singles Main Draw Quarterfinals
1:30 p.m. -- Singles Main Draw Semifinals
Tuesday, Oct. 15
10 a.m. -- Singles Main Draw Championship