Oct. 31, 2012
Natalie Beazant will close out her fall tennis season by facing some of the nation's top players at the ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, NY, while her Rice teammates will bring their tournament season to a close by competing in the Cougar Fall Open at the University of Houston.
"I was thrilled when we learned that Natalie was selected to play," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "This is result of the great success she had last year as a freshman and the continued hard work she's put in this fall. It's going to be a great experience for her to get additional match experience against some of the top players in the country."
Beazant earned an at-large berth in the 32-player women's singles draw which will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York from November 8-11.
As the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase elite players from every level of college tennis, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serves as the culmination of the fall season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men's singles quarterfinalists and women's singles semifinalists from the ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.
Beazant's Rice teammates will close out their schedule this weekend a little closer to home, as they will compete on the campus of the University of Houston. The Cougar Fall Open gets underway on Friday morning and runs through Sunday.