Four Redbirds Head to Chicago for ITA Regional
Senior Julia Zubkova
Senior Julia Zubkova

Oct. 21, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - Seniors Julia Zubkova and Natalia Lech, junior Franziska Steinhardt and freshman Aniko Kiss will travel to Chicago, Ill., for the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships. Illinois-Chicago will be hosting the 19 opponent tournament on the Flames Tennis Facility starting Thursday, Oct. 22.

After a successful weekend at the MVC Individual Championships, head coach Chris Hoover is eager to see how his student-athletes will continue their success into regionals.

"It's going to be a tough tournament but hopefully the four girls are up for it," Hoover said. "Coming off the Valley Championships, I'm excited to see how we continue play at regionals."

Hailing from Tallin, Estonia, Zubkova will be the top player for the Redbirds this weekend and will head into the tournament with a singles record of 6-4 this season. Zubkova earned a top-16 seed and a bye in the opening round and will match-up with the winner of Maggie Remynse from Western Michigan and Zlatka Petrova (UIC).

Kiss will be the first Redbird to open play at the tournament when she competes against Jill Pastunink (WMU). After winning the Flight D singles final at the MVC Individuals, Steinhardt will play against Sarah Lynch from Youngstown State. Lech will compete against Kirsten Gambrell from DePaul.

Together Steinhardt and Zubkova will team up to compete in doubles action. The Redbird duo holds a 7-3 record so far this season and a 14-15 overall record.

"I think our doubles team is good," Hoover said. "Right now we're fighting colds and the flu. I know Franziska and Julia are a formidable team and we could do pretty well. We've had to come back in the last couple of matches they've played so hopefully they hit it off to a good start this time."



The tournament will begin singles action at 9 a.m. and doubles at 2 p.m., on Thursday. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.