Four Rockets to Compete at ITA Midwest Regionals
Toledo, OH - Four Rockets will represent the University of Toledo at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships this weekend at Michigan State. The tournament includes players from 20 NCAA Division I schools and will run from Thursday, Oct. 18 until Monday, Oct. 22.
"Our events, like this one, are just another stop in our big plan of player development." UT Head Coach Al Wermer said. "We're always in transition with our guys' games, whether it's upgrading footwork pattern, a match mindset or a technical element. We never stay in the same place. Our focus is on getting better. The wins will come along the way."
The action is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. Thursday beginning with singles qualifying rounds. Three of the four Rockets will compete in this round, including senior Francisco Stuardo, junior Ben Brocker and sophomore Nick Wong. Sophomore Tomas Stillman is slated against Northwestern's Raleigh Smith in the first round of the singles main draw.
Stillman and Wong will pair up in the first round of doubles play as Stuardo and Brocker team up on the other side of the bracket. Both pairs will face teams from Northwestern on Friday.
The ITA regional is the third tournament of the fall for the Rockets. Wong led the way at the season-opening Purdue Invite, capturing his first-career singles flight championship against Purdue's Szymon Tatarczyk.
Toledo returned home on Oct. 5 to host the annual Rocket Invitational where Brocker went undefeated. The southpaw is 5-1 in singles matches this fall. Freshman Matt Wareti also recorded two wins in his debut on the UT Varsity Tennis Courts.
Two more tournaments remain on the fall docket for Toledo. They will travel to Chicago, IL for the Northwestern Invitational on Oct. 26 and will conclude the fall at the USTA Futures Event in Niceville, FL.
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