COLLEGE STATION (10/19/04) -- The North Texas women’s tennis team had several players and doubles teams step up and have strong performances at the Wilson ITA Southwest Regional Championships, which began Friday and concluded on Tuesday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.
Many of the top Division I women tennis players in the southwest were on hand to compete in the tournament that was made up of 128 players from 25 Division I schools, including Tulane, Texas, LSU, TCU, SMU, Baylor and Rice, which were all listed in the final 2004 ITA team rankings. Seventeen ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over the last two weekends of October.
Katherine Harris, Ingrid Stockinger and Ashley Sammis all won their first-round matches in the Singles Qualifying bracket to advance to the round of 32. However, all three dropped their following match and were placed in the consolation draw where Stockinger advanced to the quarterfinal round due to and inury suffered by Sam Houston State’s Mounia Hassib. She followed up with a victory in her next match to round out play in the tournament with a 3-1 record.
Kelli Royer and Megan Schmulbach competed in the Singles Main bracket, where they fell in their opening matches before rebounding with wins in the opening round of the consolation bracket. At that point, both players were knocked out of the competition to end their play in the tournament.
The Mean Green had four teams competing in the doubles competition, two of which advanced to the quarterfinal round of the consolation bracket. The team’s of Aziza Aba Butain/Schmulbach and Royer/Stockinger led the way for North Texas with 2-2 records at the tournament.
Every North Texas player and doubles team picked up at least one victory in the tournament.
North Texas will host its annual Alumni Tournament on Oct. 30 at the North Texas Tennis Courts at 1 p.m. before competing in its final fall tournament of the season at the Houston Cougar Classic. The Houston Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 5-7.