Northwestern State heads to Baton Rouge for ITA Southern Regional

BATON ROUGE—After seeing quality competition from several different teams in its two fall tournaments, the Northwestern State women’s tennis team heads to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Regional.

The six-day tournament begins Thursday at the LSU Tennis Complex.

The ITAs is the third fall event for NSU, having already competed at Central Arkansas and its home tournament.

“We are looking forward to a great tournament this week down at LSU,” NSU women’s tennis coach Jonas Brobeck said. “ITA Regionals is always a premier tournament where we get the opportunity to play the best players and schools in our strong southern region.”

Play will begin at 9 a.m. CT each day with Thursday will be qualifying day and Friday being the start of the main draw. Consolation and the back draw is planned, but the day-by-day logistics are still being worked on.

Live stats and live video from select courts will be available beginning on Sunday through Tuesday on They will hyperlink the results article that they’ll update throughout the day on the tournament home page, this way people can use the homepage to find the new link and look at previous days if needed.

“We want to continue to build on small adjustments,” Brobeck said. “We have worked on doubles and competed on our own terms in singles. The Lady Demons are looking forward to getting better this weekend.”

In the NSU home tournament, Ayu Ishibashi won her draw before not playing in the UCA Tournament.

Giving younger players playing time in the fall, the doubles tandem of Gig Kanaphuet and Renske Ubachs reached the final round of their draw in doubles.

Kanaphuet also reached the final round of her draw at the NSU tournament and the doubles duo newcomers of Paige Wise and Sofi Garcia also reached the doubles final in their draw.

The younger players also gained valuable experience at the UCA Invitational.

Following the ITA Regionals, NSU has one more fall tournament, an event beginning on Oct. 28 at Sam Houston State.

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