Nov. 3, 2010
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - After winning the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional two weeks ago, Michaela Kissell of the Marshall University tennis team is set to participate in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships alongside the nation's elite.
The tournament will be held at the brand new USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and Columbia University will serve as the tournament host. It runs from Nov. 4-7.
Kissell is a part of the 32-player singles main-draw that consists of champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships, the USTA/ITA National Small College "Super Bowl" champions, the doubles champions and singles quarterfinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, as well as at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
The senior, Hostetter, Pa., native earned a spot in the tournament by making her way through the 64-player Atlantic Regional as she was crowned champion. Kissell went into the tournament at Old Dominion as the top seed and left with an unblemished record of 6-0.
Kissell's first round matchup will be with a familiar foe, Josipa Bek of Clemson. Kissell defeated Bek last year at the All-American Championships, but Bek returned the favored in the NCAA Tournament as she and her doubles teammate knocked out Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna in the first round.
Jana Juricova of California is the defending champion and she enters the weekend as the No.2 overall seed. Hilary Barte of Stanford is the No.1 seed.
Action begins Thursday morning and fans can follow updated brackets by clicking here.