Draws Announced For USTA/ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships
Jan. 29, 2004
SEATTLE - Host Washington will face Mississippi in next Thursday'sopening round of the 2004 USTA/ITA National Men's Team IndoorChampionships, taking place Feb. 5-8 at the Lloyd Nordstrom TennisCenter.
Coach Matt Anger's Washington squad (1-0) is ranked No. 11 in the latestITA national rankings and will also be the No. 11 seed in next week'stournaments. Washington's first round match against seventh-seededMississippi (1-0) will be at 5 p.m. Thursday. Should UW win, it wouldface the winner of the Baylor-Boise State match at 5 p.m. on Friday (ifUW loses, it would face the loser of Baylor-Boise State at 8 p.m.Friday). Mississippi is 19-13 in 11 appearances at this tournament. Itreached the semifinals in 1996-97.
The complete first round pairings, times and locations are as follows:
(4) Vanderbilt vs. (12) California, 8 a.m. - Nordstrom Tennis Center
(5) Stanford vs. (13) Texas, 8 a.m. - Seattle Tennis Club
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Tulsa, 11 a.m. - Nordstrom TC
(8) Duke vs. (9) Texas A&M, 11 a.m. - Seattle TC
(10) Kentucky vs. (6) UCLA, 2 p.m. - Seattle TC
(14) Harvard vs. (3) Florida, 2 p.m. - Nordstrom TC
(11) WASHINGTON vs. (7) Mississippi, 5 p.m. - Nordstrom TC
(15) Boise State vs. (2) Baylor, 5 p.m. - Seattle TC
(Note: all UW matches will be at the Nordstrom Tennis Center; NordstromTC is on UW campus, next to Husky Stadium; Seattle Tennis is located at922 McGilvra Blvd.)
This tournament has been the site of Washington's emergence as a top-25program under Anger. In 1999, the first year UW hosted the event, theHuskies upset No. 3 seed Mississippi State in the opening round topropel them into the top 10 of the ITA national rankings. The second timeUW hosted in 2001, it handed fourth-seeded and eventual NCAA champGeorgia its only loss of the season in the first round.Here's a preview of the seven other first round matches:
* Vanderbilt-California: Vanderbilt coach Ken Flach was a former U.S.Davis Cup star, Olympic Gold medalist and No. 1-ranked doubles player inthe world. His Commodores made a Cinderella run to the NCAA final lastseason.
* Stanford-Texas: Stanford has won a record 12 USTA/ITA titles. Thismarks coach Dick Gould's 38th and final season at the helm. He has alsowon a record 17 NCAA team titles and coached several noteworthy pros,including John McEnroe and Seattle resident Jonathan Stark.* Illinois-Tulsa: Illinois went a perfect 32-0 last year, winning theUSTA/ITA and NCAA titles. It could be bringing a 35-match win streak toSeattle. In the 1999 USTA/ITA semifinals in Seattle, it snappedStanford's 45 match win streak.
* Duke-Texas A&M: These teams will actually play each other this weekend.Duke is the only team to reach the USTA/ITA quarterfinals each of thelast seven years.
* Kentucky-UCLA: UCLA has won this tournament each of the past two timesit has been hosted by UW in 1999 and 2001. Kentucky has been the hostschool for this event 17 times since 1985.
* Harvard-Florida: Florida reached last year's USTA/ITA final. Currentpro James Blake was on the Harvard team that came to Seattle in '99.* Boise State-Baylor: Baylor, the No. 2 seeds, lost in last year'ssemifinals to Illinois. Boise State is making first appearance in thisevent since 1998.
The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship is collegiate tennis'premier indoor team tournament. The tournament began in 1973 and eachseason this tournaments also offer a preview of the teams to beat in theMay NCAA Championships.
Illinois broke the Pac-10's stranglehold on the men's title last season,beating Florida 4-2 in the final. Prior to this four different Pac-10schools (Stanford, UCLA, California and Southern California) had won thetitle every year since 1987. Stanford has won a record 12 titles.
The tournament will also feature the top players in the country. HostWashington's Alex Vlaski won the first national tournament of the season,the Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships, back in October.
Ticket prices for next week's tournament are as follows:
All Day Adult Pass - $5
All Day Child or Sr. Pass - $3
All Session Adult Pass - $13
All Session Child or Sr. Pass - $7
Note: there is no admission to matches at the Seattle Tennis Club
The tournament concludes Sunday, Feb. 8, with a noon final at Nordstrom.
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