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The Utah tennis season doesn’t go full tilt until next semester, but the Utes get a major tune-up this week. While the men’s team travels to Las Vegas to compete in the ITA Mountain Region Tournament, the Ute women stay right here on campus and play host to 15 other teams in the ITA Central Region Tennis Championships.

The event, which will take place at the Eccles Tennis Center and will run from Oct. 18 to 22, is nothing new for the Utes, who have hosted it twice before. This year, they welcome such schools as BYU, Boise State and Colorado State.

“This is the third year the University of Utah has been able to host this event, and playing such a big event at home is great for our program and players,” U women’s head coach Megan Dorny said.

“We will have at least five others of our team represented in the qualifying draw, all of whom will have a good chance to get into the main draw and do very well. The coaching staff is excited to see our Utes in action.”

The tourney kicks off Wednesday morning with singles qualifying rounds, followed by the main draws in both singles and doubles on Thursday and Friday.

Players who come out victorious over the next three days will advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals and semifinals, and the weekend will be capped off with the championship matches Sunday afternoon.

More than 120 athletes are expected to converge upon the Eccles Center for the event. Meanwhile, the men’s team will be competing against the likes of Denver, Boise State and Colorado in its tournament, which also runs five days at the Darling Tennis Center in Vegas.

Ute junior Cheyenne Reveche offers up a serve during action earlier this season. Reveche was victorious Wednesday in the qualifying round of the ITA regional championships.