Tennis - Thu, Sep. 27, 2012
SID's NOTE: Rain has forced Thursday morning play to indoor facilities in Lexington. Match times have shifted due to this change.
Georgetown College tennis got a big coup when hiring
Jessica Cunningham to take over the reins of the program this past year. The
alum's Tiger days were highlighted by numerous wins, and she was consistently
ranked as one of the top players.
Her drive is to see the same for the entire program now
that she is head coach. Part of doing that is getting quality tennis matches
back on the campus of Georgetown College.
"In order to drive energy you have to have a program fans
want to watch," Cunningham said. "If we only have a handful of matches all year
here, it is hard for our fans to really get behind us. I saw an opportunity for
hosting the ITA Regional Tournament, and with the support of our athletic
director Brian Evans, took it."
Starting Thursday, 22 teams (12 male and 10 female) will
be in Georgetown for the regional tournament of the fall. ITA is the
organization that helps set the rankings as a governing body of tennis. Teams
from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will battle it out for three days in a grueling,
six-round, single-elimination tournament.
Two rounds will be played each day. The men will start on
the courts at East Campus at 10 am Thursday with the round of 32 starting at 1
pm, while the women will start 9:15 am at Scott County High School and the
second round starting at 10:30 am do to the fewer numbers of women in the
"It should be really good tennis this weekend, and we are
really excited about being able to host it," Cunningham said. "We'd love to see
the student body as well as the general public really get involved and see the
strides we have made as a team."
The Tiger men have already beaten two teams that are in
the Top 25 or receiving votes. The women had a slow start against a strong Top
25 Marian team and rebounded for a solid win Ohio Northern, which is receiving
In the men's draw is: Georgetown, Cumberland University,
Lindsey Wilson College, Brescia University, Bethel University, Campbellsville
University, University of Pikeville, Milligan College, University of the
Cumberlands, Martin Methodist College, Bluefield College and Asbury University.
The women's draw is the same minus Pikeville and Bluefield.