Oct 15, 2019

Leach Prepares for 2019 ITA Cup

A Winning Tradition

 
  • One NWC Player of the Year (Spencer Watanabe, 2017-18)
  • One NWC Freshman of the Year (Luke Lemaitre, 2018-19) 
  • Seven Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Eight All-Americans
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes
 

ITA Tournament Page

ROME, Ga. --- Will Leach is headed to Rome, Georgia, to compete in the ITA Cup on Oct. 17-20 after defending his ITA Singles crown at Regionals in September. The tournament will be hosted by Berry College at the Rome Tennis Center.

Preview:

In defending his 2018 singles title, Leach earned ITA All-American status for the second successive season. The junior's three-set win over Whitman's Ben Kirsch (6-2, 4-6, 6-1) ensured that Fox won the Regional Singles title for the third-straight season. Leach has won it two years in a row and competed in three Regional finals after Bruin alum Spencer Watanabe had claimed the title in 2016 and 2017.

"Will is ready, focused, and excited to make his way back here and to do some damage," Head Coach Jeff Cero explained. "We learned a lot from last year's experience, and it's helped him prepare for this year's ITA Cup. We know opportunities like this are far and few to get a very high National Ranking and represent Fox to the rest of DIII tennis, so we're not taking anything for granted."

The ITA Oracle Cup was formerly known as the Small College Nationals, dating back to 1986. The tournament consists of the top eight players (men and women) in NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA. Before this event, more than 8,000 players took part in a total of 60 regional tournaments to enter the ITA Cup field.

Leach will face Jake Zalenski of Kenyon on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (PST). 

"Will has set the bar and the example for this present team and future ones, specifically on what it means to work hard when no one is looking. There is a reason Will is in the position he is in; he has earned the opportunities he is to make a national splash. Will doesn't just work hard when he wants to, he works hard because he knows he needs to in order to serve the team and the goals that we set out for. I'm confident in him this week, and know he will only build on whatever this week's results may be during the offseason heading into springtime."