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Tennis Set For ITA Midwest Regional

ITA Midwest Regional Draw

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University tennis team is set to take the court for the ITA Midwest Regional, Thursday-Tuesday, Oct. 20-25 The event will be held on the campus of the University of Michigan, at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The winners of each individual flight, in both singles and doubles, will earn berths to the ITA National Fall Championships, held Nov. 2-6 in San Diego, Calif.

All matches in this week’s Midwest Regional will be held indoors, and admission is free for the general public.

The Eagles are part of a 20-team field that includes: The University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Chicago State University, Cleveland State University, DePaul University, Eastern Michigan University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Valparaiso University, Western Michigan University, University of Wisconsin and Youngstown State University.

Last year’s event, held in Urbana, Ill. saw the then-freshmen pairing of Sabina Brichackova (Cheb, Czech Republic-Gymnazium Jana Blahoslava) other Prerna Vichare (Mumbai, India-Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics) defeat Anastasia Rakita and Erika Dimitriev of Northern Illinois University, 8-4.

Brichackova and Vichare both return for the Eagles this season, along with fellow returners Asia Allen (Sanford, Fla.-Seminole-Rio Grand Valley). Eastern also has a pair of newcomers in freshman Regina Mendez (Los Cabos, Mexico – Picacho McGregor) and sophomore Vidisha Reddy (Hyderabad, India-Villa Marie-Penwest Edinboro).

The fall season will also mark the first official action for first-year Head Coach Steve Schram, who came to Eastern Michigan in the spring of 2021 after a stint as the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

A highly-accomplished program leader with a 120-49 career record in nine seasons as a women’s tennis head coach, Schram departed a University of Southern Mississippi program he led to a 44-14 mark in four seasons.

Schram has been the head coach at three previous schools, posting an all-time winning percentage of .710. He was selected as the 2015 ITA South Region Coach of the Year, and helped Barry University capture the 2017 and 2018 Division II National Championship.

2022 ITA Midwest Regional Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 20

8 am — Qualifying Singles First Round
To Follow — Qualifying Singles Second Round (16 players will qualify for main draw)
friday, october 21

8 am — Doubles Main Draw First Round
To Follow — Doubles Main Draw Second Round
To Follow — Singles Main Draw First Round
Saturday, Oct. 22

8 am — Doubles Main Draw Round of 16
To Follow — Singles Main Draw Round of 32
To Follow — Singles Main Draw Round of 16
sunday, october 23

9 am — Doubles Main Draw Quarterfinals
To Follow — Doubles Main Draw Semifinals
To Follow — Singles Main Draw Quarterfinals
Monday, Oct. 24

10 am — Doubles Main Draw Final
To Follow — Singles Semifinals
Tuesday, Oct. 25

10 am — Singles Main Draw Final

*Schedule subject to change

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