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San Diego State to co-host Omni Hotels West Region Women's Tennis Championships this week

San Diego State Silvia Tornier and other Aztecs will compete in the 2002 Omni Hotels West Women's Tennis Championships beginning on Thursday at the SDSU Courts.
San Diego State Silvia Tornier and other Aztecs will compete in the 2002 Omni Hotels West Women's Tennis Championships beginning on Thursday at the SDSU Courts.

Oct. 23, 2002

SAN DIEGO - The University of San Diego and San Diego State will be hosting the Omni Hotels West Women's Tennis Championships October 24-28. The singles finalists and doubles champion from this event will earn spots in the November 7-10 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas.

In addition to host USD and San Diego State, this tournament will also include the top players from UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, UC-Santa Barbara and UC-Irvine. UCLA's Sara Walker swept the singles and doubles titles last season (with Petya Marinova).

Seventeen Omni Hotels Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over the last two weekends of October: The eight Omni Hotels Regional Championships for women are taking place at the following schools this month: Harvard, Wake Forest, Troy State, Michigan State, Tulsa, TCU, Stanford and the University of San Diego/San Diego State. The nine Omni Hotels Regional Championships for men will be hosted by: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Tulsa, TCU, UNLV, St. Mary's and Pepperdine.

The 2002 Omni Hotels/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events - the Riviera/ITA Women's and Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships - were held two weeks ago, and the third event is season-end NCAA Championships in May. The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships 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 Omni Hotels/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.

The Omni Hotels/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978. Recent champions include up-and-coming professionals James Blake, Laura Granville, Marissa Irvin, Alex Kim and Mike Russell. Current pros Todd Martin and Lisa Raymond are also among the past champions.