Univ. of Wisconsin to host 2009 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 13-16

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN TO HOST
2009 ITA NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

16 of the Top Teams Will Compete at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium Feb. 13 – 16

The University of Wisconsin women's tennis team will host 16 of the top teams in the nation at the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women's Tennis Team Indoor Championships. The tournament will take place February 13 – 16 at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

"The ITA is delighted to have our Championships return to A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium,” said David A Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA. "All our varsity student-athletes are looking forward to participating in this great event and we are most appreciative of the University of Wisconsin for serving as the host institution for the 22nd consecutive year at one of the ITA's most prestigious events."

"The National Indoor Championship is such a great event,” said Wisconsin Women’s Head Coach Brian Fleishman. “All of the teams and coaches really enjoy making their way to Madison come February. It is an early look at how the NCAA tournament will look in May. There are no easy matches at the Team Indoors and everybody gets better by seeing what they need to work on for the rest of the season.”

In addition to the host Badgers and defending champion Georgia Tech, this year’s 16-team field includes: Baylor, California, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Fresno State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Southern California, Stanford and UCLA. On the women’s side, 12 of 15 No.1 seeds from the Kick-Off Weekend have advanced to the National Team Indoors for a chance to capture the crown.

Baylor: Currently ranked #4 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #62 Princeton and #61 Virginia Tech.

California: Currently ranked #2 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #48 Long Beach State and #37 Washington.

Clemson: Currently ranked #11 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #41 Boise State and #26 Auburn.

Duke: Currently ranked #9 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #35 VCU and #32 Ohio State.

Florida: Currently ranked #7 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #70 Oklahoma State and #55 Western Michigan

Fresno State: Currently ranked #15 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #31 Denver and #12 Vanderbilt.

Georgia: Currently ranked #6 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #53 Mississippi and #45 Marshall.

Georgia Tech: Currently ranked #8 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #25 TCU and #21 Arizona State.

Miami (FL): Currently ranked #13 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #47 Utah and #23 Tennessee.

North Carolina: Currently ranked #18 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #19 Michigan and #27 William & Mary.

Northwestern: Currently ranked #1 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #46 New Mexico and #34 Tulsa.

Notre Dame: Currently ranked #17 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #44 Pepperdine and #14 Arkansas.

Stanford: Currently ranked #5 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #51 Colorado and #36 Illinois.

UCLA: Currently ranked #3 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #64 Minnesota and #24 LSU.

USC: Currently ranked #10 in the ITA Rankings. Advanced with victories over #66 Michigan State and #29 Texas A&M.

Wisconsin: Currently ranked #68 in the ITA Rankings. Serving as the host institution for the 22nd consecutive year.

* ITA Rankings released on January 29, 2009

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