Michigan sophomore Chiara Lommer won the singles title at the Midwest Regional with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ohio State redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda. Lommer only dropped four games in each of her last two matches while winning four of her five matches in straight sets.
Virginia Tech sophomore Natalie Novotna won a pair of matches on Tuesday to win the singles title at the Atlantic Regional. Novotna won her semifinal match over William & Mary's Clara Tanielian 6-0, 6-0 and then came back an hour later to defeat the top seed Virginia's Rosie Johanson 6-1, 6-4.
Both the winner and runner-up from each regional will earn berths into the National Fall Championships. In the past only the winner was guaranteed a berth but with the field expanding from 32 to 64 both make it in now. To see a list of everyone that has qualified for the Fall Championships click this link.
Texas Regional (TCU) - 128 singles/64 doubles
 Bianca Turati (Texas 11.63) def.  Petra Granic (Texas 11.17) 7-5, 6-3
 Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang (Rice) def.  Marta Perez Mur/Dani Wagland (Texas) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
Midwest Regional (Michigan) - 64 singles qualifying/64 singles/64 doubles
[5-8] Chiara Lommer (Michigan/11.01) def. [5-8] Shiori Fukuda (Ohio St/11.25) 6-0, 6-4
Atlantic Regional (Virginia Tech) - 32 singles qualifying/64 singles/64 doubles
 Rosie Johanson (UVA) def.  Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) 6-3, 6-1
 Natalie Novotna (VT) def.  Clara Tanielian (W&M) 6-0, 6-0
 Natalie Novotna (VT/11.39) def.  Rosie Johanson (UVA/11.59) 6-1, 6-4
Carolina Regional (Cary, NC) - 128 singles/64 doubles
 Henry Patten (UNCA/13.59) def.  Alex Favrot (Clemson/13.65) 6-3, 6-1
 Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden (NCST) def.  Sean Sculley/Nick Stachowiak (Duke) 6-2, 5-7, 10-6
 Christian Seraphim/Julian Zlobinsky (Wake) def.  Simon Baudry/Alex Favrot (Clemson)
 Christian Seraphim/Julian Zlobinsky (Wake) def.  Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden (NCST) 2-6, 6-3, 10-0
Southeast Regional (Georgia Tech) - 64 qualifying/64 singles/64 doubles
Doubles Semifinals (Tuesday)
 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def.  Andy Andrade/McClain Kessler (Florida) 6-3, 7-6(5)
 Oliver Crawford/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Linus Bergevi/Colter Decoste (Stetson) w/o
Doubles Final (Tuesday)
 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def.  Oliver Crawford/Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) 6-4, 6-2
Sad announcement today.https://t.co/ehXwFSJQKz— Evansville WTennis (@UEAthleticsWTEN) October 17, 2017
In a surprising move (at least to me) the University of Evansville has decided to discontinue it's women's tennis program effective immediately (release says at the end of the fall semester but the team has no more events scheduled). Evansville Athletic Director Mark Spencer used the following reasons for the discontinuation: the departure of its head coach, aging tennis courts/lack of indoor facility, and the school has more than the minimum number of sports required by the NCAA.
Jayson Wiseman led Evansville to a 17-14 record last year and a spot in the Missouri Valley semifinals but on September 11th he decided to depart after two seasons to take the women's head coaching job at Eastern Michigan. I think it's pretty clear that there had been rumbling inside the athletic department about the stability of the program so I'm sure that played a role in Wiseman's decision to depart.
Evansville had played all its matches off-campus since the 2012 season due to the poor conditions of the eight on-campus courts at the Carson Center.
Evansville had zero NCAA appearance since the program was started in the early 1980s.
The current eight-women roster was comprised of two seniors, one junior, four sophomores, and one freshman. Two of the eight were from the United States while the other six were from foreign countries. All players are eligible for immediate transfer including sophomore Diana Tkachenko who was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year last season after going 33-8 singles.
Evansville is second program in the MVC to eliminate tennis in 2017 with Southern Illinois making its announcement last January. The remaining schools that have women's tennis in the MVC are Bradley, Drake, Illinois State, Missouri State, Stony Brook, Northern Iowa, and the recently added Valpariaso. The MVC no longer sponsors men's tennis after Southern Illinois and Stony Brook dropped its men's programs last year plus Wichita State left to join the American Conference.
Below is the full release from Evansville:
"This was an incredibly difficult decision because of the impact on the affected student-athletes, but it was one that was done with the best interests of our entire student-athlete body, the athletic department and the University of Evansville in mind," UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer said. "This is something that has been discussed internally for several years and this is the right time for all parties involved to move forward with this action."
Three factors were pivotal in making this decision. The recent and untimely departure of previous head women's tennis coach Jayson Wiseman brought into question as to whether to hire a new coach or reconsider program elimination. Secondly, the successful addition of men's and women's track and field at the University of Evansville put the program above the NCAA minimum for NCAA Division I participation while also keeping the program in Title IX compliance. Lastly, the aging UE tennis courts, limited access to playing facilities within the community and the persistent financial challenges within the university also factored into the decision.
Consultation on this decision involved the University President, Title IX Coordinator, Faculty Athletic Committee, the University of Evansville's Board of Trustees Athletic Committee and the Director of Athletics.
"The timing of this was done in order to give our student-athletes as much time as possible to determine what is best for their future," Spencer added.
Current student-athletes on the team who are in good academic standing at UE will have the option to retain their financial aid until they graduate from the university. Student-athletes wishing to continue their playing career are immediately eligible to transfer and can be eligible for participation in the spring of 2018 semester.
This decision will not have any impact on UE's affiliation with the Missouri Valley Conference or the NCAA.