Date Posted:09/24/2002, 8:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College will be hosting one of 16 Omni Hotels/ITA Regional Tennis Championships for Division III played across the country over the next three weeks, from Sept. 27-29. Bowdoin coach Jane Paterson is serving as tournament director.
The Omni Hotels/ITA Women's New England Championships at Bowdoin will feature the top players from throughout the Northeast United States. The singles and doubles champions from this tournament advance to the Oct. 17-20 Omni Hotels/ITA National Small College Championships at the H.E.B. Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Omni Hotels/ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA's four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). These championships are the only national tournaments for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA level, and the only tournaments that combine all levels of Junior/Community Colleges (NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, and California Community Colleges). Participants are determined through the Omni Hotels Regional Championships, held in September and October, which serve as qualifying tournaments. Once national champions are determined in each division, they then square off in the Omni Hotels/ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis to determine the overall Omni Hotels/ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the Omni Hotels/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the Omni Hotels/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA Web site is www.itatennis.com.