froThe singles final of the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships was cancelled today at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn., as both finalists are from Northwestern and have earned spots in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Nov. 4-7, at the University of Michigan.
Wildcats Audra Cohen and Cristelle Grier, the tournament's top two seeds, won their semifinal matches today to advance to the championship match, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday. Cohen, a freshman, defeated teammate Alexis Prousis, 6-3, 6-3, while Grier downed Wisconsin's Katie McGaffigan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Earlier in the day, Cohen and Grier captured the tournament's doubles title with an 8-3 win over Macall Harkins and Briana Knue of Illinois.
The singles finalists and doubles champion from this event earned spots in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Seventeen ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women took place over the last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country. The 2004 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events - the Riviera/ITA Women's and IcyHot/ITA Men's All-American Championships - were held earlier this month, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
Audra Cohen (Northwestern) (1) def. Alexis Prousis (Northwestern), 6-3, 6-3
Cristelle Grier (Northwestern) (2) def. Katie McGaffigan (Wisconsin), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1