Oct. 2, 2003
The first Intercollegiate Tennis Association national singles and doubles championship of the 2003-04 season - the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships - is upon us.
Cal's Jody Scheldt, who won last week's Bulldog Classic, will look to make it two tournaments in a row. A win at the Riviera would be a gigantic step towards Scheldt's quest to become one of the nation's best. The Bears will also be hoping to get Catherine Lynch back on track. Last week she was forced to withdraw from the Bulldog Tournament. Lynch, who was the No. 1 seed in the tourney, entered her opening match severely under the weather and consequently fell in three sets to Ann Roslund of Sacramento State (1-6, 6-3, 6-2). However, a good showing this week will help launch Lynch to new heights early in the 2003-04 season.
The Oct. 9-12 main draw is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player (32 doubles) pre-qualifying tournament is Oct. 4-5 at UCLA and four players and doubles teams will advance from there to the Oct. 7-8 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera (where eight players and four doubles teams will advance to the main draw).
The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships (its counterpart, the Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships, takes place in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the same time), the Nov. 6-9 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, and the year-end NCAA Championships are college tennis' three national championship events during the season.