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8 SP0R1 Friday, October 3, 2003 THE BATTAIN! ITA tournament awaiting Aggies Aggies host streaking K-State By Jeff Allen THE BATTALION By Blake Kimzey THE BATTALION Members of the Texas A&M men’s and women’s tennis teams will be scattered across the country this weekend at their respective Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American tournaments. Some of the nation’s most talented netters will wait for senior Khaled El Dorry and All- American jun iors Lester Cook CASS and Ante Matijevic at the annual ITA tour nament held in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 10-day event is the largest single tournament of the season, drawing more than 300 competitors; it is also the first of three national championship events at the Division I level during the season. A&M men’s coach Tim Cass said the ITA draws the nation’s finest individual competitors every year, making the event a virtual “Who’s Who” of colle giate tennis. “The fall season is basically our individual season,” Cass said. “The ITA, in particular, should be a great measuring stick for these guys because 45 of the top 50 college players in the nation will be there. This is our biggest tour nament of the fall and it will be a good chance to see where the guys stand nationally.” El Dorry will start competi tion in the pre-qualifying round that begins today, and he will need to win five matches to reach the 64-player qualifying round and then two matches in the qualifying round to reach the 64-player main draw next week. If El Dorry makes it through the pre-qualifying round of 256 players, he will be joined by Matijevic and Cook when they begin main draw singles and doubles play next Thursday. The women, however, will head west to the ITA Riviera All-American tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif, where the top women’s players in the country will be looking to set themselves apart. “We’ve been working for a month now, and as the fall sea son goes on it is a learning process,” said A&M women’s coach Bobby Kleinecke. “The ITA is the second strongest tour nament of the year for us, which includes the spring season.” The pre-qualifying round for the women’s ITA starts this Saturday. A&M will send pre qualifying freshman Helga Vieira, sophomore Nicki Mechem, junior Lauren Walker and senior Roberta Spencer. Spencer and Walker will also be playing in the first round of pre qualifying doubles play. Senior Jessica Roland, ranked No. 36 in the preseason, | received a berth in the qualify ing portion of the tournament beginning Oct. 7. The ITA All-American tour naments should provide exposure for some of the more experienced and nationally ranked netters in the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Kleinecke said this tour nament will set the bar for the rest of the year and will be a good benchmark for where his team is headed. “The ITA is very comparable to the NCAA Tournament, and our preparation for the year starts here (at the ITA),” Kleinecke said. Folks around College Station are familiar with the adage that any team can win on any given day. For the most part, the concept has been drilled into the Aggie sports conscious ness for longer than most Aggies care to remember and, for better or worse, it’s a les son that nearly every team, regardless of where it’s from, has to learn. On Sept. 24, Kansas State was reminded of the tough lesson on the floor at the Ferrell Center in Waco. The then-No. 9 Wildcats, carrying their highest-ever national ranking along with a 12-match and 19-game win ning streak, got beat by an unranked Baylor team in four games. The match was one of great contrasts; the Wildcats hit .500 as a club in the second game, thrashing the Bears, 30-11, but then went totally silent and hit just .062 in the next game en route to the consecutive losses that ended the match. The letdown was enough to inspire the now No. 12 Wildcats for their trip home to play Oklahoma, a team that has been play ing the role of painkiller in the early going of Big 12 volleyball. When the Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 Big 12) come into G. Rollie White Coliseum Saturday, they'll be looking to keep building off the recovery they managed against the Sooners. The Aggies (10-4, 2-2), however, will be coming off one of the toughest stretches on their schedule — one including road matches against Texas and Nebraska. “I think playing the best team helps us realize the truth about our team,” said A&M coach Laurie Corbelli. “Where we JP Beato III • THE BATTALION A&M outside hitter Laura Jones and the Aggie vol leyball team host No. 12 Kansas State on Saturday. are, what we have to pinpoint and what we have to fix for the future. I feel like it’s eas ier to get prepared and fired up when you have a great challenge. I’d rather prepare to play a top team than anyone else.” Fritz, who was named Big 12 Coach of the Year last year in her third year coaching the Wildcats, will be bringing some experi ence with her. The Wildcats returned six starters from last year’s second place Big 12 squad. Senior Laura Downey-Wallace,»; was named the Big 12 Libero of the Year season, currently leads the Big 12 in digs. Downey-Wallace has company at the of the Big 12 charts, as K-State se« Lauren Goehring leads the Big 12 a nation in hitting percentage and hasea»j Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Tin accolades go along with her fourAl Tournament selections this year. Rounding out some of the heavy for K-State is junior Valeria Heijas, who a career high in kills against the Sooi® while reigning as Big 12 Player of the W«| “They have some really nice at Corbelli said. “They’re all returners are we, so I feel like we know what we going to meet.” The Aggies have handled their schedule admirably to this point, but hai come up short against ranked opponents, including losses against No.l Sc California and No. 7 Nebraska, and thinj seemed in hand late Wednesday night again Texas when the Aggies went up twogamestu the Longhorns. "We didn’t get smoked or anything Corbelli said. “We were very friendly ani gave our rivals a real nice present and I we are more mad at ourselves, and not we’re trying to turn the anger and frustratioi; into action.” During the match the Aggies had five players reach double figures in kills, coi uing the pattern the club has set of late. Junior Kendra Felder also continued to strong play, posting her fourth straight dou ble figure performance in kills, while seniot Beth Skypala lead the team with 19 digs First serve Saturday night against K-Sl is at 7 p.m. in G. Rollie White Coliseum. SPORTS IN BRIEF Aggies on the road against OSU, Kansas The Texas A&M soccer team will play two games away from the Aggie Soccer Complex this weekend. The No. 3 Aggies (8-1, 1-0 Big 12) play at Oklahoma State tonight before traveling to play the University of Kansas on Sunday. OSU enters the match with a perfect 10-0 record, including two wins in the Big 12. The Cowgirls high-powered offense knocked off Texas Tech and Baylor last weekend, and has outscored its opponents 49-3. OSU’s Adrians Radtke has 12 goals and seven assists to lead the Cowgirls. Flowever, A&M is a perfect 4- 0 in Stillwater. The Jayhawks also boast a strong record at 9-2, and split a pair of Big 12 games last weekend. Both of Kansas’ loss es have been by one goal. Forward Caroline Smith leads the Jayhawk offense with 11 goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Meghan allowed just 10 goals in 1,007 minutes. A&M will counter with goal keeper Katie Jo Spisak, who earned defensive player of the week honors from the Big 12 during the last month of September after posting her fourth shutout of the season last Sunday r 'V L Volume 110 The student-rui Medical Servh call when a rm arrest outside 1 v. 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