Blue Demons Send Three to All-American Pre-Qualifier This Weekend
Sept. 27, 2013
CHICAGO -- The DePaul women's tennis team will send three players to the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifier in Palisades, Calif., this weekend. The tournament is set to begin on Saturday (Sept. 28).
Junior Patricia Fargas, junior Jasmin Kling and sophomore Ana Vladutu will compete for the Blue Demons at the tournament, which will be hosted by UCLA at the Riviera Tennis Club. All three Blue Demons are scheduled to playin the singles draw, while Vladutu and Kling will participate in the doubles draw. Vladutu and Kling knocked off the No. 3 doubles pair in the country last weekend at the Michigan Invitational.
The national championship is set to being on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play. The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
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.
The pre-qualifier will be the second event of the fall for Fargas, Kling and Vladutu. Last weekend, all three competed at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. The trio combined for three singles wins and five doubles victories a week ago.
Fans can follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, for updates and news from Palisades, Calif., or search for the hashtag #RivieraITA to find other tweets from those tweeting the events from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.