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Siljestrom-Born Head to National Indoors

Middle Tennessee tandem lost in finals of tournament last year

November 1, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Andreas Siljestrom and Marco Born aim for their second national championship in two seasons when they begin play Thursday at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Siljestrom-Born, ranked third nationally in doubles and seeded No. 3 in the tournament, take on Tulsa's Diego Camacho and Ross Cunningham not before 11:45 a.m. ET Thursday in the Round of 16.

The Middle Tennessee duo won its first national title last season at the Polo Ralph Lauren ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., sweeping five matches en route to the school's second national doubles championship.

The tandem reached the finals of this tournament last year as well, defeating Marc Spicijaric-Monte Tucker of Illinois, fifth-ranked Daniel Chu-Alex Slovic of Washington and fourth-rated Luke Shields-Thomas Schoeck of Boise State before falling in the finals to second-ranked Scott Green-Ross Wilson of Ohio State.

Siljestrom-Born got off to a rough start this fall, going 4-3 in their first three tournament, including 1-1 at the All-American Championships. The duo needed to win the ITA Southeast Championships doubles title two weeks ago in Lexington, Ky., to qualify for this week's event and did so with six consecutive victories over five SEC foes and one from Miami (FL).

The Ohio State University will be hosting the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships for the second straight year. This year's event will take place November 2-5 at the Racquet Club of Columbus and is the second of three national tournaments for singles and doubles during the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season.

These championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Tennis Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships presented by Fila and at-large and wild card selections made earlier this week by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

Results will be on itatennis.com, updated throughout each day. The ITA will try to live score some matches. RadioTennis.com and Ken Thomas will be broadcasting some of the matches on Saturday and Sunday. Click on the tournament logo on the upper right side of the ITA site to access the tournament page (bookmark - http://www.itatennis.com/Indoors06/main.htm).

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women and recent champions and finalists include current and recent top 100 professionals Benjamin Becker (Baylor), James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), Laura Granville (Stanford), Marissa Irvin (Stanford), Kevin Kim (UCLA), Jeff Morrison (Florida) and Lisa Raymond (Florida). Big Ten legends and Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin (Northwestern) and MaliVai Washington (Michigan) are also among the past champions. Host Ohio State has had champions each of the last three years: Jeremy Wurtzman in 2003 (singles) and Scott Green and Ross Wilson the past two years in doubles.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY
THURSDAY, November 2

11 a.m. - Men's and Women's Doubles - First Round
Followed by
Women's Singles - First Round
Men's Singles - First Round

FRIDAY, November 3
9 a.m. - Women's Doubles - Main Draw and Consolation Quarterfinals
Followed by
Men's Doubles - Main Draw and Consolation
Women's Singles - Main Draw Round of 16
Men's Singles - Main Draw Round of 16
Women's Singles - Consolation Round of 16
Men's Singles - Consolation Round of 16
Women's Singles - Main Draw Quarterfinals
Men's Singles - Main Draw Quarterfinals

SATURDAY, November 4
10 a.m. Men's and Women's Doubles - Main Draw and Consolation Semifinals
Followed by
Men's and Women's Singles Consolation Quarterfinals
Men's and Women's Singles - Main Draw Semifinals
Men's and Women's Singles - Consolation Semifinals

SUNDAY, November 5
10 a.m. Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles - Consolation Finals
Followed by
Men's and Women's Doubles - Main Draw Finals (11 a.m.)
Men's and Women's Singles - Main Draw Finals (not before Noon)

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