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September 26, 2004
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Amherst Takes Singles and Doubles Titles

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA In a weekend full of beautiful weather and great tennis, Amherst first-year Alicia Menezes stole the spotlight. She captured a title in both singles and doubles play at the ITA New England Regional tourney.

In the Singles Championship this morning, Menezes defeated Jen Luten of Tufts 6-4, 6-3.

Soon after, in an exciting doubles final, Menezes and partner Rachel Holt took on the Colby duo of Sara Hughes and Allison Dunn. Despite a late push by Colby, Amherst took the game 8-3.

Williams to host Wilson/ITA New England Women's Tennis Championships Sept. 24-26

September 24-26 Williams College will be hosting one of the 57 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships played across the country over the next two weeks. 67 players representing 17 colleges in New England and western New York are expected to compete.

Weather permitting tournament action at Williams will be contested on the Torrence M. Hunt '42 Tournament Courts, but if the weather is inclement play will be moved indoors to the Lansing Chapman Rink. The Wilson/ITA New England Women's Championships at Williams will feature the top Division III schools in the region. The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the Oct. 14-17 ITA National Small College Championships at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The 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) during the month of October.

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 Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, held in September and October, which serve as qualifying tournaments. The national champions from each division square off in the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions (who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event).

ITA New England Region Division III Schedule

Friday 9/24:

8 am -- Coaches meeting, Chaffee Tennis House (at the hockey rink if it is raining).

8:20 am. -- Players meeting.

8:30 am. -- First Round singles matches, top half.

10 am. -- First Round singles matches, bottom half.

Noon -- Second Round matches, top half and Consolation matches, top half.

1:30 pm -- Second Round matches, bottom half and Consolation matches, bottom half.

3 pm -- First round doubles.

4:30 pm -- Doubles Round of 16 and consolation.

Saturday 9/25:

8:30 am -- Round of 16 matches Main Draw and Consolation

11 am -- Quarterfinals Main Draw and consolation

1:30 pm -- Doubles quarters and consolation quarters.

3:00 pm -- Doubles semis and consolation semis.

Sunday 9/26

9 am -- Singles semis and consolation semis

11 am -- Singles final and consolation final

1 pm -- Doubles final