Invitational Tennis Tournament at USD Opens Today

The University of San Diego will host the 16th annual Intercollegiate Invitational Tennis Tournament beginning today at 8 a.m.

San Diego State, United States International University, UC San Diego and USD join 11 teams from the western United States.

Last year's tournament winner, Pepperdine, was scheduled to participate but withdrew because of illness and injuries, according to USD Coach Ed Collins, the tournament director.

Cal State Long Beach is considered the favorite. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the defending NCAA Division II champion; and Chapman College, the Division II runner-up, also will compete.

Top players are Greg Sailla (Ramona High) of Cal State Long Beach, Kip Brady and Scott Morse (La Jolla High) of UC Santa Barbara, Michael Gatter and Ricard Wilborg of USIU, Jim McNamee of USD, Robert Garbell of Brigham Young and Julio Noriega of SDSU.

The tournament is divided into three singles flights and three doubles flights that will be played today and Friday at USD and the SDSU West Courts. Friday's matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and Saturday's finals, which will be at USD, begin at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

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