Senior Jessica Liu and sophomore Madeleine Paolucci will represent Case Western Reserve University this weekend at the ITA Cup. This event will be held in Rome, Georgia from Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 11th-14th) and will be played at the Rome Tennis Center on the campus of Berry College.
For the second consecutive year, more student-athletes will receive an opportunity to qualify for the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, where they will compete in the same tournament as the nation's top Division I players.
Prior to 2017, only one singles player had earned that distinction, by winning the "ITA Cup", which pitted the four divisional winners against each other for the right to play in the fall season's final tournament. Now, each of the four divisional champions (Divisions II, III, NAIA and JUCO) will be automatically entered in the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
Men's and women's doubles will still take part and compete for the ITA Cup, with the winners of those draws moving on to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
Formerly known as the Small College Nationals, the ITA Cup has history dating back to 1986, and it is the only singles and doubles national championship event for the Division II and NAIA levels. This year, more than 8,000 players took part in a total of 60 regional tournaments to gain entry into the ITA Cup field.
Each division represented will feature eight singles players and eight doubles teams, competing in their respective draws.
Liu and Paolucci, seeded fourth in the Division III doubles bracket, will be competing on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Central Regional Champions will be taking on Bethel University's Maggie Riermann and Grace Riermann. The Bethel duo won the Midwest Regional tournament.
The winner will go to face either top-seeded Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu of Wesleyan University or Melissa Strome and Danna Taylor of Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information on the 2018 ITA Cup including a look at the draws, please CLICK HERE.