Sept. 18, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 18) - Junior Pavla Mesterova and senior Robyn Baker have been selected to play in the 2006 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships - the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this 2006-07 season. Mesterova will play as a single and was selected for the qualifying draw Oct. 3-4. Mesterova and Baker were also selected as a doubles team for the qualifying draw, held on the same dates at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Mesterova is ranked 51st as a singles player by the ITA while Baker and Mesterova are ranked 29th as a doubles team. The Riviera/ITA All-American Championships feature the top players in NCAA Division I tennis and is one of three championship tournaments on the season. The Riviera Championships along with the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 2-5 and the year-end NCAA Championships, are college tennis' three national championship events during the season.
The Oct. 5-8 main draw is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player, 32 doubles team preqaulifying tournament is Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at UCLA and four players and doubles teams will advance from there to the Oct. 3-4 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera, which is where Baker and Mesterova are already placed. Eight players and four doubles teams will advance to the main draw.
The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships date back to 1983 when Georgia's Lisa Spain won the inaugural title. In 1999 the University of San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova made history at Riviera when she won her record fifth national collegiate singles title. In 2003 Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones became the first African-American woman to win a national collegiate singles title at the NCAA Division I level.
The famous Riviera Tennis Club has played host to the event since 1988.
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