OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's tennis team will take the courts this weekend for the second event on their fall schedule. The RedHawks will hit the road and head to the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. for the Ohio Valley Regional Championship, sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The event will run from Thursday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 16.
The ITA, the official governing body of collegiate tennis, holds 85 Regional Championships across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes compete in these tournaments, representing schools from NCAA divisions I-III, NAIA institutions, and community colleges. More information about ITA Regional Championships can be found here.
The Division I Women's Ohio Valley Regional will feature players from institutions in southern Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Players will compete as individuals in a 128-player singles bracket and in a 64-team doubles bracket. There are also B-flights that will take place outside of the main bracket. Singles finalists and doubles champions will receive births to the 2017 National Fall Championships, held in Indian Wells, Cali. from Nov. 1-5.
This marks the second of four fall tournaments that the Red and White will take part in, following the Miami Invitational that took place from Sep. 29-Oct. 1 in Oxford. Miami will be looking to build off some of the success from that weekend, as several RedHawks earned victories against foes from Louisville, Purdue, and Xavier.
Four members of Miami's talented freshman class won their first career collegiate matches at the Miami Invite, led by Melati Devi and Makenzie Myers with two victories each. Fellow freshmen Lena Babunski and Milana Lysova and junior Emily Struble were among the other RedHawks with singles victories. On the doubles side, Miami teams of Ponomareva/Vasiukhina, Kalita/Lysova, and Struble/Myers all earned wins.
Miami is led into Murfreesboro by first-year head coach Ricardo Rosas. Before being named head coach this summer, Rosas spent 15 years as a Miami assistant, helping the program to eight conference titles and five NCAA tournament appearances during his time here.
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