TEMPE, Ariz. – Following four days of high-energy and high-level tennis, the dust has settled on the ninth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
While most of the host sites found their footing, with 13 of the 15 women’s sites and 12 of the 15 men’s teams advancing to next month’s 2017 ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships, there were a few upsets, and on the women’s side, history was made with the first No. 4-regional seed advancing to #ITAIndoors.
Ole Miss, the No. 4 seed in the University of Virginia-hosted regional, topped the host Cavaliers in the opening round 4-3, then topped SEC foe LSU 4-2 in the regional final to secure its spot in the National Indoors field.
On the men’s side, Baylor also made the move from No. 4 regional seed to #ITAIndoors qualifier. The Bears outlasted host and No. 15-ranked Texas A&M 4-3, and then followed that up with a 4-0 win over No. 23-ranked SMU. The Bears are 14-0 all-time in ITA Kick-Off Weekend competition.
Also of note on the men’s side was Utah State snapping TCU’s 31-match home win streak with a hard-fought 4-3 victory in the regional final. The No. 2-seeded Aggies, playing out the Mountain West, are the lone team in the #ITAIndoors men’s field outside of the Pac-12, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten conferences.
Last year’s #ITAIndoors champions, Cal (women) and North Carolina (men) had little trouble in ensuring they would be on hand to defend their national titles. The Bears and Tar Heels dropped just a single point between them in their four matches played at Kick-Off Weekend.
#ITAIndoors Men’s Qualifiers By Conference
Big 12 (4): Baylor; Oklahoma; Oklahoma State; Texas
SEC (3): Georgia; Florida; Mississippi State
Pac-12 (3): Cal; UCLA; USC
ACC (2): North Carolina; Wake Forest
Big Ten (2): Northwestern; Ohio State
Mountain West (1): Utah State
Virginia received an automatic bid due to serving as the host site for the 2017 Men’s #ITAIndoors
#ITAIndoors Men’s Qualifiers By #ITAKickOff Seeds
No. 1 (12): Cal; Georgia; Florida; North Carolina; Northwestern; Ohio State; Oklahoma; Oklahoma State; Texas; UCLA; USC; Wake Forest
No. 2 (2): Mississippi State; Utah State
No. 4 (1): Baylor
#ITAIndoors Women’s Qualifiers By Conference
SEC (6): Auburn; Georgia; Florida; Ole Miss; Texas A&M; Vanderbilt
ACC (3): Duke; Georgia Tech; North Carolina
Big 12 (2): Oklahoma State; Texas Tech
Big Ten (2): Michigan; Ohio State
Pac-12 (1): Cal
WCC (1): Pepperdine
Yale received an automatic bid due to serving as the host site for the 2017 Women’s #ITAIndoors
#ITAIndoors Women’s Qualifiers By #ITAKickOff Seeds
No. 1 (13): Auburn; Cal; Duke; Georgia; Georgia Tech; Florida; Michigan; North Carolina; Ohio State; Oklahoma State; Pepperdine; Texas Tech; Vanderbilt
No. 2 (1): Texas A&M
No. 4 (1): Ole Miss
For complete results from the 2017 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, click here.
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