A three day wait from the end of the ITA Regional Tournament in Oklahoma City to the much anticipated announcement of the two at large doubles teams invited to participate in the 2013 ITA National Tournament seemed like an eternity for four Seward County freshman. Tuesday afternoon their Head Coach Jerry Thor got the call and Tuesday night, upon returning from a recruiting trip, Thor gave the news to Paula Lopez, Paula Coyos, Alejandro Gonzalez, and Ronzai Saurombe that they were headed to Florida to compete for a National Championship.

Both Seward #1 doubles teams have had stellar fall seasons to this point, but were unable to overcome top ranked foes at the ITA Regional Tournament in Oklahoma City last weekend and were force to settle for second place finishes. Despite the disappointment of not earning the automatic bid to the ITA National Tournament, the Saints still had a glimmer of hope after being told they would be turned in for consideration for one of two at large bids for the tournament. Tuesday, not just one, but both Seward County duoís got the exciting news that an invitation had been sent their way and Thursday their invitational were accepted to head to Fort Myers, Florida to battle for a National Championship.
Paula Lopez and Paula Coyos have posted a 10-3 record so far this fall. The Argentinian duo has knocked off eight different #1 teams including seven from four year universities. They won the Metro State Invitational, battling against foes from NCAA Division IIís Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and finished runners-up in both the Bethany Invitational and ITA Regional Tournament. The pair becomes just the second Seward doubles team in school history to be invited to ITA Nationals, following in the footsteps of Alejandra Miranda Sanchez and Veronica Bansemer who finished 2nd at the tournament in 2003.
Fellow freshmen Ronzai Saurombe and Alejandro Gonzalez have been nearly unstoppable on the menís side this fall as well. The two are 10-1 on the fall, with their only loss coming to the duo expected to be ranked #1 in the country in the November ITA rankings. They have bounced seven different #1 teams this fall including five from NAIA or NCAA schools. Saurombe and Gonzalez breezed to the tournament title at the Bethany Invitational, with no team getting closer than 8-4 to them and rolled off four more straight wins to capture the Metro State Invitational title the following weekend. With their accepted invitational to the ITA National Tournament, they make school history, becoming the first Seward County menís players to ever compete in the event.
The four will take off to Fort Myers on Monday and participate in the tournament banquet on Tuesday and official practice sessions on Wednesday before hitting the court looking for the first round on Thursday. If the Saints can survive the first three days of the tournament they will have a chance to compete for an ITA National Championship during the finals on Sunday.