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FERRIS WOMEN'S TENNIS DUO ADVANCES TO NATIONAL TOURNEY

Marissa Muchow & Molly Basha Claim ITA Great Lakes Doubles Title

The Ferris State University women's tennis doubles tandem of seniors Marissa Muchow (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) and Molly Basha (Eau Claire, Wis./Regis) advanced to the 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships by winning the doubles final in the Wilson/ITA Great Lakes Region Championships, which concluded Sunday (Sept. 17) at Midland, Mich.

ITA Doubles Champions!
Ferris State's Marissa Muchow & Molly Basha claimed the 2006 ITA Great Lakes Doubles Championship
Muchow and Basha, who were seeded fifth overall in the draw, defeated Drury's (Mo.) Mouna Sabri and Khrystsina Tryboi by a score of 8-2 in Sunday's title encounter. The 2006 ITA National Small College Championships will be held Oct. 12-15 in Fort Myers, Fla.

The duo previously had posted an 8-3 triumph over Northwood's Julia Goncalves and Desiree Roset, who were seeded seventh, in the semifinal round. Overall, they compiled a 5-0 mark at the regional tournament, which was held Friday through Sunday (Sept. 15-17).

The ITA regional event, which was hosted by Northwood University, included both singles and doubles competition. Participants from all schools in the Great Lakes Region were included in the field with the individual singles and doubles champions earning automatic berths into the national championship field. Last season, Muchow and former Bulldog player Leila Salek teamed up to win the regional doubles crown and went on to place fifth in the Division II field at the National Small College Championships.

Basha also reached the semifinal round in the regional singles draw where she dropped a 7-5, 7-6 (3) decision Sunday morning to Drury's Sabri, who eventually claimed the region's singles title.

The National Small College Tennis Championships, which will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., is an event presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and features the top players in the nation from NCAA Divisions II and II, NAIA and junior/community colleges battling it out to determine the top small college players in the country.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships and has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.

Ferris State, which is guided by second-year head coach Jing "Amy" Sun, will host Kalamazoo Valley Community College Monday, Sept. 18, in a 3:30 p.m. (EDT) exhibition match at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at home Friday, Sept. 22, versus Mercyhurst starting at 3 p.m. (EDT).

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