The second annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s Kick-Off Weekend Draft was held Thursday as teams selected which route they would take to get to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships. For consecutive years, the University of Miami women’s tennis team has been selected as one of the host institutions at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The event will run Jan. 29-31, 2010, and invites the top 60 teams based on their final 2009 ranking. Times and exact dates for matches will be determined at a later date.
Joining Miami for the 2010 event will be South Alabama, Mississippi State and Boston University. Miami concluded one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2009, earning a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, and having three players named ITA All-Americans.
Boston University finished as an NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships participant, ending the year with a record of 15-6, finishing their 2009 campaign ranked No. 59 in the final national team poll. Mississippi State concluded the year ranked 55th nationally, ending its season with a record of 10-10 overall. South Alabama ended the 2009 season ranked No. 52 and advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
During this past season’s Kick-Off Weekend in Coral Gables, UM played host to Tennessee, Utah and Virginia en route to a 2-0 record, advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Hurricanes collected wins against Utah and Tennessee, respectively, in the Coral Gables division of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend features 15 host sites with four teams at each site vying to advance to the Team Indoor Championships. The 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the Feb. 12-15 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium (hosted by the University of Wisconsin).
In the 2009 Championships in Wisconsin, Miami finished the event with a 2-1 record, including a win against then fifth-ranked Stanford, 5-1. The Hurricanes only loss came at the hands of top-ranked Northwestern, while they turned around to collect a 7-0 sweep of host Wisconsin in the next match.
UM ended the year 26-5 and ranked seventh nationally in the final Campbell’s/ITA team poll. For the Hurricanes, it was their highest finish since ending the year fourth and advancing to the NCAA Championship match in 2006. It’s also the fourth time in the last eight years Miami has ended the year ranked in the Top 10.
Complete draft results and Kick-Off Weekend information can be viewed at www.itatennis.com.
The No. 1 team in each site will face the No. 4 team. The No. 2 team will face the No. 3 team. Two matches are guaranteed - the winners/losers will play the following day.
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