Aggies Begin Play at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
Aggie sophomores Ines Deheza and Anna Mamalat, No. 106 and 108, respectively, in the ITA preseason singles rankings, are both 9-16 seeds in the 64-player singles prequalifying draw. Freshman Rutuja Bhosale, who is listed 10th in the ITA’s freshman/newcomer rankings, also will be competing in the singles prequalifying round, and she and Deheza will pair together to participate in the in the 32-team doubles prequalifying draw.
Deheza is slated to open singles against Caroline Schnell of Denver. Mamalat will face Callie Craig of Utah, and Bhosale is scheduled to take on Romy Koelzer of Clemson.
In doubles first-round action, Bhosale and Deheza will face Southeastern Conference foes Sarah McLean and Yang Pang of Arkansas.
The eight singles players and doubles pairs that win three matches to reach the quarterfinals automatically advance to the qualifying round to be held Oct. 1-2 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The qualifying rounds also are comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with prequalifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw, which will be played Oct. 3-6, also at the Riviera Tennis Club. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from the qualifying round.
A&M’s Cristina Stancu received entry into the singles qualifying bracket, and she and doubles partner Stefania Hristov will compete in the main draw of doubles.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y.
For complete brackets and more information on the tournament, go to ITATennis.com.
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Prequalifying Singles – Saturday, Sept. 28
R64 Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) vs. Romy Koelzer (Clemson)
R64 Ines Deheza (A&M) vs. Caroline Schnell (Denver)
R64 Anna Mamalat (A&M) vs. Callie Craig (Utah)
Prequalifying Doubles – Saturday, Sept. 28
R32 Rutuja Bhosale/Ines Deheza (A&M) vs. Sarah McLean/Yang Pang (Arkansas)