Men's tennis partners with Louisville to host and compete in ITA Regional Championships this weekend – BU Athletics

Men's tennis partners with Louisville to host and compete in ITA Regional Championships this weekend – BU Athletics

10/12/2022 2:22:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In its third event of the fall season, Bellarmine men’s tennis is partnering with the Louisville men’s tennis program to host the 2022 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships’ Ohio Valley tournament. 
The ITA Regional Championships is a national tennis tournament comprised of the top players in the country. The five-day championship will be held at both schools from October 13-17, 2022, making it the first time this prestigious tournament is in Louisville.  
"We are thrilled to host the ITA Regional Championship here in Louisville with the Cards," Bellarmine Head Coach Will Davis said. "This tournament is a prestigious nationwide event, showcasing the best student-athletes in tennis, and we are proud to welcome them to our court and compete alongside these talented teams." 
Bellarmine University will host the Ohio Valley regional tournament at Eddie Weber Tennis Complex from October 13-14, and the University of Louisville will host from October 13-17 at Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.  This weekend’s event comes after a successful start to the fall for the Knights.  Bellarmine swept Saint Louis in singles and doubles in a hidden dual before racking up 18 wins last weekend at the Redbird Invitational.
ITA Regional Championship Information
In order to attend the ITA Regional Championship, Division II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA), junior and community colleges first compete in the Small College Regional Championships. Those qualifiers advance to the ITA Cup in mid-October, where Division II, III, NAIA, junior and community college singles and doubles national champions are crowned. Those national champions join the Division I schools to compete in the ITA Regional Championships.  
As Division I schools, Bellarmine and Louisville are automatically placed in the ITA Regional Championships. Along with hosting, the teams are one of 23 to compete in the Ohio Valley tournament of the ITA Regional Championships alongside: Austin Peay State University, Ball State University, Belmont University, Butler University, Eastern Kentucky University, East Tennessee State University, Indiana University, Indiana University–Purdue University, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Purdue University, Northern Kentucky University, Southern Indiana, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Vanderbilt University, Xavier University.  
The regional doubles champions and regional singles champions and finalists from the 12 ITA Regional Championships, including the Ohio Valley tournament, will qualify to compete in the ITA National Fall Championships in early November.  
Schedule and Bellarmine Parking Information
Visitors coming to Bellarmine’s campus can park in the lot at the end of Knights Way next to the outdoor courts behind the SURF Center.  Action begins at 9:00 a.m. every morning Thursday-Monday, while competition is expected to take place at Bellarmine only on Thursday and Friday.  Admission to all matches is free of charge.
To follow along with the tournament draws and results, click HERE.
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