Draws Announced For Next Week's USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 10, 2006
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The draw and start times are set for next Friday's U.S. Tennis Association-Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The Feb. 17-20 USTA-ITA National Team Indoor Championship is collegiate tennis' premier indoor team tournament. It began in 1973 and each season offers a preview of the teams to beat at the season-ending NCAA Championships in May. This will be the fourth time since 1999 that Washington will be hosting the event.
The schedule of play for the Feb. 17 first round matches is as follows (all times Pacific, seeding in parenthesis):
(4) Pepperdine vs. (13) Florida State, 8 am (at Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center)
(5) Mississippi vs. (11) South Carolina, 8 am (at Seattle Tennis Club)
(1) Florida vs. (16) Pennsylvania, 11 am (Nordstrom)
(8) Baylor vs. (9) Duke, 11 am (STC)
(2) Georgia vs. (15) Colorado, 2:30 pm (Nordstrom)
(7) UCLA vs. (10) LSU, 2:30 pm (STC)
(6) Virginia vs. (12) Washington, 5:30 pm (Nordstrom)
(3) Illinois vs. (14) Arkansas, 5:30 pm (STC)
Eleven of the top 12 teams from the latest Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings highlight this year's field. Top-ranked Florida, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 5 Mississippi are among this year's title favorites. Florida opens against Penn in an 11 am match at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and No. 2 Georgia follows against Colorado at 2:30 pm. Host Washington, the No. 12 seed, will open against No. 6 Virginia at 5:30 pm. UW has advanced the quarterfinals two of the previous three times it has hosted.
Baylor beat Virginia in last year's final held in Chicago. It was the first final appearance for both schools. Illinois won its second straight USTA-ITA title the last time the event was held in Seattle in 2004. Prior to Illinois' consecutive titles a Pac-10 school had won the tournament every year since 1987.
The USTA-ITA began in 1973 and is the ITA's longest-running event. In its formative years it was held in Madison, Wis., and was staged as an eight-team national invitational tournament, but not all of the top teams initially chose to participate. It was in Madison where John McEnroe helped Stanford to the 1978 title. After Madison and one year in Princeton, N.J., the tournament was actually held outdoors at UCLA for three years before beginning a stint in Louisville, Ky., from 1985-98. Louisville also hosted in 2000, '02-03. Washington first hosted in 1999 and again in 2001 and '04. The University of Illinois hosted the 2005 event at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago.
Matches will take place at two different locations. The Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center is located on the UW campus, just north of Husky Football Stadium. The Seattle Tennis Club is located at 922 McGilvera, Blvd., just over three miles from campus.
Quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be broadcast live by Ken Thomas on RadioTennis.com on Feb. 18-19. Event information is also available at gohuskies.com and itatennis.com.
Stanford beat Texas last Sunday in Madison, Wis., to win the USTA-ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships.###
Ticket Information (may be purchased on site):
Single day adult - $5
Single day under 18 or over 65 - $3
All sessions adults - $14
All sessions under 18 or over 65 - $8
Group (single session 10 or more people) $2 each
Matches in order they appear on draw sheet:
(1) Florida vs. (16) Pennsylvania
(8) Baylor vs. (9) Duke
(4) Pepperdine vs. (13) Florida State
(5) Mississippi vs. (11) South Carolina
(6) Virginia vs. (12) Washington
(3) Illinois vs. (14) Arkansas
(7) UCLA vs. (10) LSU
(2) Georgia vs. (15) Colorado