Huskies Host ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 13, 2008
THIS WEEK: The nation's premier indoor college tennis even returns to Seattle and the University of Washington for the fifth time this weekend. From Friday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 18, 16 of the very best men's tennis teams, including the 36th-ranked Washington Huskies, will battle for the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Matches will be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club. Washington's first round opponent on Friday at the Nordstrom is No. 2-seed Georgia, the defending NCAA Champions. First serve for the Huskies is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
THE DRAW: Below is the tournament draw in the same order it appears on the bracket. The full bracket can be found on Page 3 of this release. First round matches are Friday, Feb. 15. There will be four matches each at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club from Friday through Sunday. Match times each day are 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Finals are Monday, Feb. 18, at 12 noon at the Nordstrom. Should Washington lose its first round match, it will play at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. All Husky matches will be at the Nordstrom.
(1) Virginia vs. (16) Penn State, 11 am Nordstrom
(8) UCLA vs. (9) Notre Dame, 11 am Seattle Tennis Club
(4) Baylor vs. (13) Oklahoma State, 8 am Nordstrom
(5) Mississippi vs. (12) North Carolina, 8 am Seattle Tennis Club
(14) Boise State vs. (3) Ohio State, 2:30 pm Nordstrom
(11) Illinois vs. (6) Southern California, 2:30 pm Seattle Tennis Club
(10) Alabama vs. (7) Texas, 5:30 pm Seattle Tennis Club
(15) Washington vs. (2) Georgia, 5:30 pm Nordstrom
SCOUTING GEORGIA: Knocking off the Bulldogs is something only one team has done in the past three years, so the Huskies clearly have a monumental task. Dating back to the 2006 season, Georgia is 66-1 in its last 67 matches. They lost in the 2006 NCAA Championship match, then finished 32-0 last season to win the NCAA Championships, and are 4-0 to begin this season, with strong wins over Stanford and Tulsa. The Bulldogs captured the 2007 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships, defeating Ohio State last year in Chicago, then kept on winning until they swept Illinois, 4-0, in the NCAA Championship match. Senior Travis Helgeson leads the Bulldogs. Helgeson is ranked fourth overall in singles, and won the ITA All-American Championships in the fall, the first of college tennis' three 'majors'. Sophomore Nate Schnugg is also enjoying a breakout season and is currently ranked 17th, while sophomore Jamie Hunt is ranked 67th. In doubles, Hunt and sophomore Christian Vitulli are ranked 46th, although Hunt and Schnugg are projected to team together at No. 1 doubles for Georgia. Despite the odds being in Georgia's favor, the Huskies can look to their last meeting with the Bulldogs for inspiration. When Washington hosted the National Team Indoors in 2001, the Huskies upset fourth-ranked Georgia in the first round, 4-3. Georgia went on to win the NCAA Championship that same season.
THE FIELD: The ITA National Team Indoor Championships bring out the very best in college tennis. Each of the current Top-10 teams based on the current ITA Rankings will be on hand, and all 16 teams fall within the Top-40. Furthermore, seven of the eight NCAA Quarterfinalists from 2007 are on hand. Ordered by their current ITA ranking, the competing teams include: No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Mississippi, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 10 Alabama, No. 11 Illinois, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 35 Boise State, and No. 38 Penn State, with the Huskies rounding out the field. There will be four matches at each venue from Friday through Sunday, with the final on Monday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
THE VENUES: Matches will take place at two different locations. The Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center is located on the Washington campus, just north of Husky Football Stadium.
The Seattle Tennis Club is located at 922 McGilvera, Blvd., just over three miles from campus. Take the Montlake Blvd. exit off Highway 520, and go through the University of Washington Arboretum (Lake Washington Blvd.). Turn left on Madison and turn right onto McGilvra. The club is on the left side of the street.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206/543-2200. Tickets purchased in person and at the door are not subject to the $6.00 processing fee.
All sessions (4) adults - $15.00
All sessions (4) Under 18, Over 65 - $7.00
Single session adult - $7.00
Single session Under 18, Over 65 - $3.00
Group (single session - 10 or more people) - $3.00
NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR COVERAGE: Fans around the country can follow along with their team's progress by visiting the tournament page at www.GoHuskies.com. All matches at the Nordstrom Tennis Center will feature live scoring updates, a live webcast primarily focused on the No. 1 singles and doubles matches, plus a running blog penned by UW Athletic Department staffers. Results from the matches at Seattle Tennis Club will also be updated regularly. Photo galleries will also be available at the end of each day.