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Three Blue Raiders Begin Play at National Indoors

November 7, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Daniel Klemetz, Robert Gustafsson and Oliver Foreman all begin play Thursday in the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas, at Brookhaven Country Club.

Klemetz, the 18th-ranked singles player in the country and the No. 6 seed in the tourney, takes on Indiana State's Vedron Vidovic, while 50th-ranked Gustafsson plays Loure Brajkovic on Thursday, also of Indiana State. Gustafsson and Foreman, the seventh-ranked doubles team in the country, play against Marcus Hornung and Reiner Neurohr of Baylor.

Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel and Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff will be the No. 1 seeds in men's and women's singles, respectively. First round singles play opens Thursday at 8:30 a.m. CT and is followed by first round and quarterfinal doubles matches in the afternoon and evening. This is the first season where doubles will consist of one, eight-game set in tournament play.

The November 8-11 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, hosted by SMU and presented by The Dallas Morning News, are the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments, and the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events, the Riviera Women's and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Championships, were held last month, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, administered by the ITA, feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Omni Hotels Regional Championships held across the country during the fall, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the ITA All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Omni Hotels Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships. This event was inaugurated in 1978 and has been traditionally held in the month of February. This year will be the first time the event will be played in the November. Recent champions include up-and-coming professionals James Blake (Harvard), Laura Granville (Stanford), Marissa Irvin (Stanford), Alex Kim (Stanford) and Mike Russell (Miami (FL). Current pros Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Lisa Raymond (Florida) are also among the past champions.

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