ITA Men's and Riviera Women's All-American Championships Open Tomorrow

Oct. 10, 2001

Princeton, N.J. - The Riviera Women's All-American Championships and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Championships, the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this 2001-02 season, open play tomorrow (through Sunday) in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Stone Mountain, Ga., respectively.

These tournaments, the Nov. 8-11 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, and the year-end NCAA Championships are college tennis' three national championship events (for singles and doubles) during the season for Division I men and women.

The top five seeds at the Riviera Women's All-American Championships, which dates back to 1983, are (in order): Bea Bielik of Wake Forest, Lauren Kalvaria of Stanford, Adria Engel of Wake Forest, Nataly Cahana of Old Dominion, and Sara Walker of UCLA. Bielik, a junior from Valley Stream, N.Y., is currently the nation's top-ranked player and is a two-time All-American. Kalvaria reached the final of last year's NCAA singles tournament. The tournament will also feature one of the top freshmen in the country, Megan Bradley of UCLA (daughter of former professional baseball player Phil Bradley (Seattle). The tournament is played at the Riviera Tennis Club.

The top five seeds at the ITA Men's All-American Championships, which dates back to 1979, are (in order): Duke's Phillip King, Pepperdine's Al Garland, Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel, Mississippi's Alex Hartman and UCLA's Jean-Julien Rojer. King, a sophomore from Los Angeles, was an NCAA quarterfinalist and ITA National Rookie of the Year last season. Stanford's Hippensteel won this tournament as a sophomore in 1999. Recent All-American champions include up-and-coming professionals Bob Bryan of Stanford ('97) and James Blake of Harvard ('98). The tournament is being held at the Lincoln Tennis Center, site of the '96 Olympic tennis competition.

Qualifying tournaments are finishing today for both tournaments (prequalifying tournaments took place over the weekend). With over 300 players going through qualifying this week, the ITA Men's All-American Championships are the largest college tennis tournaments in the country.

The tournaments can be followed on the ITA website: www.itatennis.com


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Sunday, May 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Thursday, May 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
Tulsa, OK
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