Tennis, anyone? USTA regional championships heading to Daytona Beach

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that the  USTA Florida Section will host USTA/ITA Regional Championships in late September for NAIA tennis men’s and women’s teams in Daytona Beach.

“Local clubs, USTA 10 and Under Tennis programs and whole tennis communities are encouraged to come out and support the host schools and all the collegiate student-athlete participants representing the many different colleges and universities,” says Stephanie Neppl, director of communications for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The championships will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Sept. 26-29.

The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature the top men’s and women’s players from each of the ITA’s regions. In all, 8,000 varsity tennis players from 600 schools will participate in USTA/ITA Regional Championships across the country.

About the championships
The small college (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held Oct. 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers.

The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships is comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and junior/community colleges.

The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for individual singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of junior/community colleges (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division).

The next levels
The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level then compete to become the overall “Super Bowl” champions. The Super Bowl champions earn wildcards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, featuring the Division I regional winners, on Nov. 7-10, 2013, hosted by the USTA at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

All levels of varsity college tennis (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) are competing in one comprehensive event at the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, and any ITA varsity student-athlete has the opportunity to play and win at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

For additional site or team information for Embry-Riddle, contact David Paschal at 386-323-5009 or david.paschal@erau.edu. For more information on the USTA/ITA Championships, contact Stephanie Neppl at sneppl@itatennis.com.

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