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(1) Georgia Tech, (2) Illinois, (3) North Carolina, (4) Auburn

On paper, the most competitive ITA Kick-Off Weekend event appears to be in Atlanta, where four teams that finished 2010-11 in the Top 20 of the Campbell/ITA team rankings are set to do battle. Second-ranked Dennis Nevolo of Illinois leads the pack of talented players going to Georgia, having reached the USTA/ITA National Indoors final before falling to top-ranked Mitchell Frank of Virginia.

Perhaps the most improved player thus far this season is Georgia Tech’s Kevin King. The senior is up to No. 9 in singles and No. 2 in doubles in the Campbell/ITA national rankings after winning the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional singles title and making the doubles final of the ITA All-American Championships (with Juan Spir).

As King conquered the Southeast, Auburn’s Andreas Mies picked up the singles title at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships. North Carolina’s Jose Hernandez missed the Carolina Regional event because he was representing his native Dominican Republic in the 2011 Pan-American Games.

Schedule of Play:

Sun, Jan 29 – No. 18 North Carolina def. No. 15 Illiinois 4-2
Sun, Jan 29 – No. 20 Auburn def. No. 19 Georgia Tech 4-1
Mon, Jan 30 – No. 15 Illinois def. No. 19 Georgia Tech 4-3
Mon, Jan 30 – No. 20 Auburn def. No. 18 North Carolina 4-1

**Auburn advances to ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championship

Practice Courts:

January 25th & 26th – 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm, 4:30-6pm
January 27th – 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm, 2:30-4pm
January 28th -- Call for a 90-minute slot

Georgia Tech's Kevin King (Photo by David Kenas)