Huskies Open ITA Indoors Against No. 3 Georgia
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 11-14 | Madison, Wisc. | Nielsen Tennis Center
SEATTLE – The 16th-ranked Husky women's tennis team tests itself against some of the top teams in the NCAA this weekend in Madison, Wisc. at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Fifteen teams qualified for the four-day championships, joining the host Wisconsin Badgers, all vying for the team title coveted second only to the NCAA Championship.
This is the seventh appearance at ITA National Team Indoors for the Huskies, who will open on Friday, Feb. 11, against third-ranked Georgia, at 10 a.m. All matches will take place at Wisconsin's Nielsen Tennis Center, and be streamed live online via PlaySight.
Cracked Racquets will provide broadcast coverage of the event via its "Red Zone" format, with on-site commentary. You can find the broadcast on the Cracked Racquets YouTube channel.
As a single-elimination tournament, advancing teams will play one match each day with the Championship Match being played on Monday, February 14, at 10 a.m. PST. However, all teams will still be guaranteed to play at least three matches over the weekend through either the main or consolation draw.
The field features fifteen of the top-17 teams in the most recent ITA national coaches poll including defending NCAA Champions Texas, seeded No. 1, and No. 2-ranked North Carolina, the 2021 ITA National Team Indoor Champions.
The Huskies open up against third-seeded Georgia (2-0). The Bulldogs played their first two matches of the year to qualify for National Team Indoors, defeating North Florida and Mississippi State to advance. Five Georgia players appear in the individual rankings. Mell Reasco is ranked 10th, Lea Ma is ranked 39th, Meg Kowalski is ranked 46th, Ania Hertel is ranked 95th, and Morgan Coppoc is ranked 119th. UW and Georgia are meeting for the first time ever.
Washington advanced to Wisconsin with a pair of dramatic 4-3 wins on consecutive days in L.A., first holding off Denver with a 6-4 third set win by Hikaru Sato to break the 3-3 tie. Then the Dawgs upset then-No. 4 UCLA, winning on the Bruins' home courts for the first time ever. Sarah-Maude Fortin, Sato, and Nika Zupancic all came through with clutch singles wins to complete a comeback from 1-3 down.
In the latest ITA singles rankings on Feb. 9, Zupancic earned the first singles ranking of her career, at No. 98.
HISTORY AT ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS: Washington is competing in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the seventh time. The Huskies first made the field in 2001, and had their best ever finish in 2004, tying for third-place.
From 2009 until this season, the Huskies competed in the qualifying rounds (ITA Kickoff Weekend) a total of 10 times, always on the road, advancing in 2011 and now again in 2022.
Washington hosted the championships for the first time in 2019, dropping its opening match to Vanderbilt but then earning a 4-3 win over North Carolina State in an event that was cut short due to a snowstorm in Seattle.