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2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend in the Books  

Eight schools to play in both men's and women's ITA National Team Indoor Championships


 

SKILLMAN, NJ (Jan. 27) - With the conclusion of the 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend Monday evening, 30 teams have earned the right to play in February's ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships alongside the host institutions.

 

On the women's side, three top seeds were ousted as 12 of 15 host teams advanced to the 2015 ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship, to be hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the Boar's Head Sports Club. For the second straight year on the men's side, 11 of 15 No. 1 seeds along with four upset victors move onto the 2015 ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship, which will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Stephanie Wagner of Miami (FL)
Photo courtesy of Al Manduca
Last year on the women's side, only one top seed failed to advance. The 2015 ITA Kick-Off bucked that trend as three group upsets stole the headlines.

 

TCU, Kentucky and Oklahoma State each earned their first bids in program history into the ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championships with upset wins over their host sites. No. 41 TCU beat in-state rivals No. 35 Houston and No. 11 Texas A&M consecutively to win the group and the bid. 

 

The No. 44 Kentucky Wildcats became the lowest-ranked women's team to qualify, beating No. 21 Rice in the semifinal and No. 32 Arizona State in Sunday's final. No. 19 Oklahoma State scored a 4-3 upset in the championship round over the team ranked one spot ahead of it in the national rankings, No. 18 Georgia Tech. Their proximity in rankings proved nearly precise as the two teams traded leads back-and-forth during the match on the Yellow Jackets' home courts.

 

Each of the women's top four teams won all their matches in 4-0 shutouts, suggesting the National Team Indoors field will be highly combative. No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke will meet host-school No. 5 Virginia and three additional members of the women's Top 10 at the ITA Division I Women's National Team Indoor Championships from February 6-9.

Raphael Hemmeler of Duke
Photo courtesy of Whitney Hills

 

In men's action, the Top 9 teams in the ITA Division I Men's National Team Rankings all advanced to the 2015 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. No. 9 Texas was pushed to the limit, but delivered No. 34 Florida State its first loss of the season in a 4-3 win on Sunday, qualifying for the second straight year. The Seminoles claimed the doubles points and matches at third and fifth singles, but Longhorn junior Nick Naumann clinched the match with a win at fourth singles.

 

No. 10 Texas A&M was the highest-ranked men's team to lose over the weekend, with fourth-seeded TCU claiming a 4-2 victory over the Aggies, then using that momentum to top LSU and qualify for ITA National Team Indoors for the first time since 2001.

 

Penn State, Columbia and Mississippi also knocked off top seeds over the weekend. The Rebels will be making their 19th appearance in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the Nittany Lions return for the first time since 2008 and the Lions will play for the national title for the first time in over 20 years.

 

To see full results from all 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend action, please visit the results page. To view photos from the weekend, please visit the Facebook album.

 

2015 ITA National Team Indoor Championships Fields

  

Men's National Team Indoors

Women's National Team Indoors

USC (No. 1)

UCLA (No. 1)

Oklahoma (No. 2)

Florida (No. 2)

Virginia (No. 3)

North Carolina (No. 3)

UCLA (No. 4)

Duke (No. 4)

Ohio State (No. 5)

Virginia (No. 5) - host site

Baylor (No. 6)

California (No. 6)

North Carolina (No. 7)

Alabama (No. 7)

Georgia (No. 8)

Georgia (No. 10)

Texas (No. 9)

Vanderbilt (No. 12)

Illinois (No. 11) - host site

Miami (FL) (No. 13)

Duke (No. 12)

Clemson (No. 14)

California (No. 15)

USC (No. 15)

Columbia (No. 16)

Michigan (No. 16)

Penn State (No. 26)

Oklahoma State (No. 19)

Mississippi (No. 32)

TCU (No. 41)

TCU (No. 37)

Kentucky (No. 44)

 

About ITA Kick-Off Weekend: 

The ITA Kick-Off Weekend events were created in 2009 as qualifiers for the ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Sixty schools compete for the remaining 15 spots in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, with a reserved spot for the host institution. After host sites are named, a draft is held with schools selecting which site to play at in order of year-end ITA Team Rankings.