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ACU set to host ITA Summer Summer Circuit Tournament

Published On: Jul 05 2013 08:34:22 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

ACU will serve as the host of one of four Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit events in Texas this weekend with the tournament starting Saturday and finishing Monday at ACU's Eager Tennis Center.

The tournament will get started Saturday at 8 a.m. with the men's singles at ACU and women's singles at McMurry.  All doubles competition will be played at ACU. All of Saturday's play will be at ACU with the finals in men's and women's singles and doubles set for Monday at 9 a.m. at ACU's Eager Tennis Center.

The other three circuit events in Texas will be played July 12-15 at Collin County Community College, July 20-23 at Texas-Arlington and July 26-29 at Texas A&M.  The USTA / ITA National Summer Championships will be played Aug. 10-13 in Bloomington, Ind.

ACU's Micah Hermsdorf is the No. 2 seed in the women's singles draw after recording a 13-10 singles record and 26-5 doubles mark for the Wildcats in 2012-13.

Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.

The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of nine regional circuits (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas, Northern California and Southern California) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind., in August.

All tournaments will use a 10-point match tie-breaker for the third set of singles; all doubles will be 8 game pro-sets. An American player who competes in at least 3 tournaments and is the point leader for that Region will automatically qualify and receive some travel reimbursement for the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships (point chart is below). Additional information and draws specific to each tournament can be found below.

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.