Four Eagles To Compete In ITA Southeast Regionals

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Four Eagles will compete in the ITA Southeast Regionals from Atlanta, Georgia, starting Thursday.

Emma Bardet (France) and Fanny Norin (Sweden) will represent the Eagles in the main-draw singles, while Ida Ferding (Sweden) and Bardet are set to battle together in the main-draw doubles.

Both Ferding and Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla.) will compete in the qualifying singles draw. In qualifying doubles, the Norin and Ossa duo will hit the court for the Green and Blue.

The singles champions and finalists and doubles champions from each of the ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country will receive automatic bids into the 2022 ITA National Fall Championships. The 2022 ITA National Fall Championships will be held Nov. 2-6 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California.

There will be no live scoring or live stream of the matches at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Last time out, Ossa posted a runner-up finish in the singles main-draw bracket at the Bedford Cup, hosted by FGCU. Ossa (Miami, Fla.) tallied four singles victories over the course of the three-day event, defeating opponents from FAU, Stetson, and North Florida twice en route to her finals appearance. In the finals, she fell 6-0, 6-4 to Emma Shelton from Florida.

Teammate Bardet fell in the Flight A singles main draw semifinals, also losing a hard-fought battle against Shelton 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. The day before, Bardet recorded a ranked win over T119 Kamila Umarova (FIU) to reach the semis.

In Flight A doubles action, Berdet and Ferding advanced to the main-draw semifinal round before dropping a match to Umarova and Ekaterina Khairutdinova out of FIU.

Draws
– All matches in Qualifying will be held on Thursday with two rounds of singles and two rounds of doubles
– There will not be a Qualifying Consolation
-The Main Draw features a 64 singles players draw and 32 doubles teams draw
-There will be a singles and doubles consolation draw for first round losers in the Main Draw

Daily Schedule
-Thursday, Oct. 13 – Qualifying Draw – 2 rounds of doubles, 2 rounds of singles
-Singles begin at 9 am followed by doubles at approximately 1 pm

-Friday, Oct. 14 – Main Draw – Doubles round of 32, Singles rounds of 64 and 32
-Play begins at 9 am with one round of doubles followed by two rounds of singles

-Saturday, Oct. 15 – Main Draw – Doubles round of 16 and quarterfinals, Singles round of 16; Consolation
– Play begins at 9 am with two rounds of doubles followed by one round of singles. Consolation all day.

-Sunday, Oct. 16 – Main Draw – Singles quarterfinals and semifinals, doubles semifinals; Consolation
– Play begins at 9 am with two rounds of singles followed by one round of doubles. Consolation all day.

-Monday, Oct. 17 – Main Draw – Singles and Doubles Finals; Consolation Singles and Doubles Finals
– Play begins at 9 am

Format & Scoring

– No-ad scoring will be used in all ITA singles and doubles matches
-Singles will be 2-out-of-3 sets except Consolation and Qualifying which will play a 10-point Match Tiebreak in lieu of a third set
-In all ITA Regional Championship events, a doubles match must consist of a minimum of an 8-game pro set (tiebreak at 7-all)

Competing Schools
Florida
Florida A&M
Florida Atlantic
FGCU
Florida International
Florida State
Georgia
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
Georgia Tech
Kennesaw State
Mercer
Miami
North Florida
UCF
USF
Stetson

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