Hardin-Simmons, UT-Tyler pace Women’s DIII USTA/ITA Regional Championship

Top-seeded Lisa Mertz of Hardin-Simmons upheld her seed, winning the Women’s A Singles at the Division III 2010 USTA/ITA Regional Championship held at Trinity University September 24-26. Mertz, a senior, toppled freshman Arianne Goddard, 75 62 in the final. Goddard, who was unseeded, made the best of her fist collegiate tournament, upsetting the third seed, Thavindra Ekanayake of Trinity in the quarters and second-seeded Michelle Hagler of UT-Tyler in the semis.

In doubles action, UT-Tyler’s Sydni Hermsdorf and Emily McRae, the top-seed, beat the second-seeded team of Mertz and Jennifer Chueng of Hardin-Simmons, 62 63 in the final.

The winners advance to the ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala., later this fall.

The Men’s DIII USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship will be held at Trinity University in San Antonio this coming weekend.


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