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Charlottesville to Host ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship

6 Feb, 2015


Boar's Head Sports Club to Host National Competition

The field of 16 is set to compete in the 28th annual ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia at Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia from February 6-9.

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Spring is the season for team match play in college tennis, and last year's ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship final between Duke and UCLA set an early tone for a dramatic season. The Bruins appeared to be on their way to the title after taking a 3-0 lead over the Blue Devils, with wins coming in the doubles point and fifth and sixth singles. Then Duke took the next two matches at third and fourth singles and completed the raucous comeback by winning third-set match tiebreaks at first and second singles. The win gave Duke its second ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship in program history, and handed UCLA a loss in the final for the second straight year.

No. 1 ranked UCLA returns all six members of its starting lineup from last year's final but is up against a talented field. Eight of the sixteen participating teams are ranked in the Top 10 of the ITA Division I National Team Rankings, and all but one is ranked in the Top 20. In 2014, Duke won the title as the No. 7 seed; the top-seeded team has won the championship just twice in the past eight years.

The 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, held January 23-26, pitted fifteen groups of four teams against each other with a ticket to National Team Indoors as the prize. Twelve of the fifteen No. 1 seeds survived; upset-minded Oklahoma State, TCU and Kentucky marched through hosts Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Northwestern, respectively to earn their bids. TCU improved from No. 41 to No. 20 with the effort, while Kentucky, the lowest ranked team in the field this weekend at No. 26 earned an 18-spot bump up the rankings.

Several participating teams have faced each other already in dual matches this spring. Host-site Virginia may be the most battle-ready team, having played two Top 10 opponents in the past two weeks. Defeated 6-1 by No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 24, the No. 10 Cavaliers rebounded from the loss and the flu bug to defeat No. 9 Georgia 4-2 on Monday night. The Georgia Bulldogs also notched a 4-3 win over ITA National Women's Team Indoor participant and No. 13-ranked Clemson this past Saturday, while No. 7 Alabama defeated No. 20 TCU 6-1 on Saturday as well.

2015 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship Field


Seeded Teams

 

ITA Ranking

 

 

 

ITA Ranking

1. UCLA Bruins 

1

 

Vanderbilt Commodores 

11

2. Florida Gators 

2

 

Miami Hurricanes

12

3. North Carolina Tar Heels 

3

 

Clemson Tigers

13

4. Duke Blue Devils

4

 

USC Trojans

14

5. California Golden Bears

5

 

Michigan Wolverines

15

6. Alabama Crimson Tide 

7

 

Oklahoma State Cowgirls 

16

7. Virginia Cavaliers  

10

 

TCU Horned Frogs 

20

8. Georgia Bulldogs  

9

 

Kentucky Wildcats 

26

For complete coverage of the 2015 ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, or like the ITA Facebook page for updates and news from Flushing. Use the hashtag #ITAIndoors for all tweets about the event, and search the term "ITAIndoors" to find others who are tweeting about the event.

About the ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship: The ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championships is held annually each February and has been held since 1988. The tournament features 16 participating teams: the 15 schools who won both of their matches during the 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend and the host school. The tournament is held over four days, and begins on Friday with first round play, followed by quarterfinals on Saturday, semifinals on Sunday and the final on Monday. This year's championship will be hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia from February 6-9. The defending women's champion is Duke University.

About the Boar's Head Sports Club: The 2015 ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championship will be held at the sports facility of The Boar's Head, recognized as a top 50 tennis resort in the United Stated by Tennis Magazine. The Boar's Head was also named the 2008 Private Facility of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry Magazine, while also receiving recognition from TennisResorts.com as one of the top 75 tennis resorts in the world. The facility contains a total of 26 courts: 10 Har-Tru outdoor courts, four outdoor hard courts, and 12 state-of-the-art DecoTurf indoor courts.

 

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