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Belinda Woolcock opens play on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET/2:30 pm PT.

Friday September 27, 2013Woolcock Begins Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying Saturday

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Belinda Woolcock opens play on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET/2:30 pm PT.

University of Florida freshman Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) drew Virginia’s Caryssa Peretz in the first round of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships pre-qualifying draw that begins Saturday.

 

Woolcock, who is the only Gator involved in pre-qualifying action, is scheduled to play Peretz at 2:30 p.m. PT, with the winner playing again at 5:30 p.m. PT, against the winner of the match between DePaul’s Patricia Fargas and No. 2-seed and No. 79-ranked Kaitlin Ray from UCLA.

 

Woolcock sports a 3-1 collegiate singles record entering the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, earning all results at the Duke Fab Four Invitational Sept. 13-15, where she took fifth-place in the WHITE draw.

 

UCLA plays host to the pre-qualifying portion of the national event, which is a single-elimination contest where competitors must win three rounds to advance to the qualifying draw.

 

 

THE SKINNY ON THE RIVIERA:

The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, will again serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national championship, considered the first leg of the collegiate grand slam, is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA. Qualifying competition will be held Oct. 1-2 and main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.

 

 

TOURNAMENT TALK:

Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play. The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.

 

 

GATORS SELECTED FOR RIVIERA/ITA ALL-AMERICAN:

•     Sofie Oyen received an automatic berth into the singles main draw

•     Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan earned a spot in the singles qualifying draw

•     Olivia Janowicz is No. 1 on the qualifying singles draw alternate list

•     Oyen & Woolcock are No. 4 in the doubles main draw alternate list (will play qualifying if spot not available)

 

 

ON THE LINE:

Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, NY.

 

 

FOLLOWING THE ACTION:

Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, for updates and news from Pacific Palisades or search for the hashtag #RivieraITA to find other tweets from those tweeting the events from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. Check out the ITA Facebook page or the 2013 All-American Championships webpage for more updates.

 

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s tennis:

Official Website: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/

Twitter: @GatorZoneTennis  and  @GatorZoneNews

 

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