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Bobby Knight, the founder and content producer of the College Tennis Today blog (www.collegetennistoday.com) previews the 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, in addition to providing live scoring and video links to all of the men's and women's matches taking place over the next three days.

Several teams kicked off their season last week, but the rest take the courts this weekend during the 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Sixty men’s and women’s teams will be playing at 24 different sites across the country with the ultimate prize being a spot in next month’s 2016 ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The only two teams guaranteed a spot at the National Team Indoor Championships are the respective hosts, the Virginia men and Wisconsin women.

The four-team regionals were determined by a draft that was held last June with the 2015 year-end rankings determining who got to host and in what order everyone else got to choose their destination. Several teams chose to go to a destination that was close to home while others chose to go to a destination that they thought had the easiest path for them to qualify for the National Team Indoors Championships.

When looking through each of the regionals there are some where the number one and number four seeds are separated by fifty or more spots in the most recent rankings while in others the gap is significantly smaller. There are also five regionals where the host is not the highest ranked team.  

The strongest regionals on the men’s side, in terms of rankings, are the Texas, Duke, and Columbia regionals.

The four teams heading to Austin for the Texas Regional are No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 17 Mississippi, No. 20 Texas and No. 21 Florida. The participating teams are only separated by six spots in the current Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis National Rankings.

Just eight spots separate the fields in the Duke and Columbia regionals. Duke (ranked No. 23) will be hosting No. 19 San Diego, No. 26 Vanderbilt and No. 27 California, while No. 16 Columbia will host No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 18 Stanford and No. 22 Minnesota.  

The strongest regionals on the women’s side, in terms of rankings, are the TCU, Oklahoma State, and Atlanta regionals.

Twenty spots in the rankings is all that separates the teams coming to Fort Worth, with No. 22 TCU hosting No. 18 Ohio State, No. 19 Pepperdine and No. 42 Houston. In Stillwater, No. 11 Oklahoma State welcomes in No. 26 Northwestern, No. 27 Arizona State and No. 32 Notre Dame, with a margin of 21 spots between the highest- and lowest-ranked teams. Lastly in Atlanta, No. 24 Georgia Tech hosts No. 21 LSU, No. 35 DePaul and No. 46 William & Mary, with 25 spots separating the four teams.

College Tennis Today Logo-2016-01-21If you want to read my thoughts and predictions on this weekends action you can head over to my site College Tennis Today at www.collegetennistoday.com.

If you can’t make it out in person to one of the many regionals then follow all the action at the below live scoring links and I’ll also be providing updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/College10s2day.





2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend Results Page

Men’s 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend


All Times Listed As Eastern

Friday
#33 Pepperdine [2] vs. #37 Tulane [3] (Los Angeles/USC) – 1 p.m. – Tulane Twitter/Pepperdine Twitter
#25 Northwestern [2] vs. #24 Tulsa [3] (Champaign) – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring & Video
#57 UC Davis [4] at #8 USC [1] – 4 p.m. – USC Twitter
#36 Notre Dame [4] at #7 Illinois [1] – 7 p.m. – Live Scoring & Video

Saturday
#19 San Diego [2] vs. #26 Vanderbilt [3] (Durham) – 9 a.m. – Live Scoring
#37 Louisville [2] vs. #44 Memphis [3] (Athens) – 9 a.m. – Live Scoring
#35 Drake [2] vs. #40 North Carolina State [3] (Chapel Hill) - 9:30 a.m. – Live Scoring & Video
#29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #30 LSU [3] (Tampa) – 10 a.m. – Live Scoring
#71 Wichita State [4] at #9 Ohio State [1] – 10 a.m. – Live Scoring & Video
#66 UTSA [2] vs. #64 Troy [3] (Norman) – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
#21 Florida [4] at #20 Texas [1] – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
#62 New Mexico [2] vs. #42 Georgia Tech [3] (Los Angeles/UCLA) – Noon – Live Scoring
#27 California [4] at #23 Duke [1] – Noon – Live Scoring/Live Video
#50 Indiana [4] at #10 North Carolina [1] - 12:30 p.m. – Live Scoring & Video
Pepperdine vs. UC Davis  (Los Angeles/USC) – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring (TBD)
#65 San Francisco [2] vs. #59 Boise State [3] (College Station) – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring
#48 UC Santa Barbara [4] at #6 Georgia [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring/Live Blog
#70 UC Irvine [4] at #4 Baylor [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
#28 Oklahoma State [2] vs. #32 Harvard [3] (Fort Worth) – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring
#39 San Diego State [4] at #3 TCU [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring
#31 Florida State [4] at #13 South Florida [1] – 2 p.m.– Live Scoring
#17 Mississippi [2] vs. #15 Texas Tech [3] (Austin) – 2 p.m. – Live Scoring
#51 South Carolina [2] vs. #52 Denver [3] (Columbus) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring & Video
#46 SMU [4] at #12 UCLA [1] – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring
Utah State [4] at #2 Oklahoma [1] – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring
Notre Dame vs. Tulsa (Champaign) – 4 p.m. - Live Scoring & Video
#68 Fresno State [4] at #5 Texas A&M [1] – 4 p.m. – Live Scoring/Live Video
Tulane winner vs. USC – 4 p.m. – USC Twitter/Tulane Twitter
#49 Oregon [2] vs. #56 Old Dominion [3] (Waco) – 4 p.m. – Live Scoring/Live Blog/Live Video
Illinois vs. Northwestern (Champaign) – 7 p.m. - Live Scoring & Video

Sunday
Louisville vs. UCSB (Athens) – 9 a.m. - Live Scoring
Drake vs. Indiana (Chapel Hill) – 9:30 a.m.
Mississippi State vs. Florida State (Tampa) – 10 a.m. - Live Scoring
South Carolina vs. Wichita State (Columbus) – 10 a.m. - Live Scoring
#59 Auburn [4] at #11 Wake Forest [1] – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring & Video/Live Blog
Mississippi vs. Texas (Austin) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
UTSA vs. Utah State (Norman) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
San Diego vs. Duke (Durham) – 12 p.m. - Live Scoring
UC Irvine vs. Old Dominion (Waco) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring/Live Video
NC State vs. North Carolina (Chapel Hill) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring
Denver vs. Ohio State (Columbus) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
New Mexico vs. SMU (Los Angeles/UCLA) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring
#14 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #18 Stanford [3] (New York) – 1:30 p.m. – VT TwitterStanford Twitter
#22 Minnesota [4] at #16 Columbia [1] – 1:30 p.m. – Columbia TwitterMinnesota Twitter
#43 Tennessee [2] vs. #54 Cal Poly [3] (Winston-Salem) – 2 p.m. – Live Scoring & Video/Tennessee Blog (TBD)
Oklahoma State vs. TCU (Fort Worth) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring
Texas Tech vs. Florida (Austin) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring
LSU vs. South Florida (Tampa) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring
Troy vs. Oklahoma (Norman) – 3 p.m. - Live Scoring
Baylor vs. Oregon (Waco) – 4 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
Boise State vs. Texas A&M (College Station) – 4 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
San Francisco vs. Fresno State (College Station) – 4 p.m. - Live Scoring
Georgia Tech vs. UCLA (Los Angeles/UCLA) – 4 p.m. - Live Scoring
Memphis vs. Georgia (Athens) – 5 p.m. - Live Scoring
Harvard vs. San Diego State (Fort Worth) – 5 p.m. - Harvard Twitter

Monday
Cal Poly vs. Auburn (Winston-Salem) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring/Video
​Tennessee vs. Wake Forest (Winston-Salem) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
Stanford vs. Columbia (New York) – 12:30 p.m. - Live Video

Women’s 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend

All times listed as Eastern

Friday
#57 Old Dominion [2] vs. #65 Tulane [3] (Athens)– 9 a.m. – Live Scoring
#48 Tulsa [2] vs. #53 Marshall [3] (Chapel Hill) – 10 a.m. – Live Video
#56 Columbia [2] vs. #66 Maryland [3] (Charlottesville) – 10 a.m. – Live Scoring & Video
#29 Mississippi State [2] vs. #36 Florida State [3] (Durham) – 10 a.m. - Live Scoring
#18 Ohio State [2] vs. #19 Pepperdine [3] (Fort Worth) – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
#74 Wyoming [4] at #4 Georgia [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring 
#34 Arkansas [2] vs. #54 Fresno State [3] (Los Angeles/UCLA) – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring
#68 Yale [4] at #5 North Carolina [1] – 1:30 p.m. – Live Video
BYU [4] at #8 Virginia [1] – 1:30 p.m. – Live Scoring & Video
#67 Portland [4] at #16 Duke [1] – 1:30 p.m. - Live Scoring/Live Video
#42 Houston [4] at #22 TCU [1] – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring
#70 UC Irvine [4] vs. #9 UCLA [1] – 4 p.m. – Live Scoring

Saturday
Maryland vs. BYU (Charlottesville) – 10 a.m.
San Francisco [4] at #13 Michigan [1] – 10 a.m. – Live Scoring/Video
#40 Texas [2] vs. #45 Purdue [3] (Tuscaloosa) – 10 a.m. – Live Scoring
Middle Tennessee State [4] at #12 Miami (FL) – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
Denver [4] at #1 Vanderbilt [1] – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
Houston vs. Pepperdine (Fort Worth) - 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
#26 Northwestern [2] vs. #27 Arizona State [3] (Stillwater) – 11 a.m. – Live Scoring
#60 Oregon [4] at #17 Texas Tech [1] – Noon – Live Scoring
#46 William & Mary [4] at #24 Georgia Tech [1] – Noon – Live Scoring
Cal State Northridge [4] at #6 California [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Stream
#73 South Alabama [4] at #10 Texas A&M [1] – 1 p.m. – Live Scoring
Columbia vs. Virginia (Charlottesville) – 1:30 p.m. - Live Scoring & Video
#41 Auburn [2] vs. #69 Michigan State [3] (Miami) – 2 p.m. – Live Scoring
#23 Kentucky [2] vs. #32 Dartmouth [3] (Ann Arbor) – 2 p.m. – Live Scoring/Video
Pennsylvania [4] at #15 Alabama [1] – 2 p.m. – Live Scoring
#32 Notre Dame [4] at #11 Oklahoma State [1] – 2:30 p.m. – Live Scoring
#49 Penn State [2] vs. #55 Brown [3] (Nashville) – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring
#30 Virginia Tech [2] vs. #58 Illinois [3] (Lubbock) – 3 p.m. – Live Scoring
Florida State vs Portland (Durham) – 3 p.m.
Tulsa vs. North Carolina (Chapel Hill) – 3:30 p.m. - Live Video
#37 Wichita State [2] vs. #61 Minnesota [3] (College Station) – 4 p.m. – Live Scoring
#21 LSU [2] vs. #35 DePaul [3] (Atlanta) – 4 p.m. – Live Scoring
#44 St. Mary’s (CA) [2] vs. #52 Washington [3] (Berkeley) – 4 p.m. – Live Stream
Ohio State vs. TCU (Fort Worth) – 5 p.m. - Live Stats
Tulane vs. Wyoming (Athens) – 5 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. Duke (Durham) – 6 p.m. - Live Scoring/Live Video
Fresno State vs. UCLA (Los Angeles/UCLA) – 6 p.m. -Live Scoring
Marshall vs. Yale (Chapel Hill) – 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas vs. UC Irvine (Los Angeles/UCLA) – 9 p.m.

Sunday
Michigan State vs. Middle Tennessee State - 9 a.m. - Live Scoring
Dartmouth vs. San Francisco (Ann Arbor) – 10 a.m. - Live Scoring
DePaul vs. William & Mary (Atlanta) – 10 a.m. - Live Scoring
Penn State vs. Denver (Nashville) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
Virginia Tech vs. Oregon (Lubbock) – 11 a.m.
Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State (Stillwater) – 11 a.m.
Purdue vs. Pennsylvania (Tuscaloosa) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
Auburn vs. Miami (FL) (Miami) – 11 a.m. - Live Scoring
Wichita State vs. Texas A&M (College Station) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
Old Dominion vs. Georgia (Athens) – 1 p.m. - Live Scoring
Cal State Northridge vs. Cal (Berkeley) - 1 p.m. - Live Video
St. Mary's (CA) vs. Washington (Berkeley) - 1 p.m. - Live Video
Illinois vs. Texas Tech (Lubbock) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring
LSU vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring
Kentucky vs. Michigan (Ann Arbor) – 2 p.m. - Live Scoring/Video
Northwestern vs. Oklahoma State (Stillwater) – 2:30 p.m.
Brown vs. Vanderbilt (Nashville) – 3 p.m. - Live Scoring
Texas vs. Alabama (Tuscaloosa) – 3 p.m. - Live Scoring
Minnesota vs. South Alabama (College Station) – 4 p.m.