Tech Looks To Defend ITA Title
Feb. 11, 2009
Courtesy of Georgia Tech Athletics
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s women's tennis team, the back-to-back ITA National Indoor Champions, will open the 2009 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships Friday as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 13 Fresno State in the first round at 3:30 p.m. CT.
“This is going to a tough match to open the tournament with,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “Fresno State has two doubles team’s ranked in nation’s top 20. We will have our hand’s full but it will be a good way to get started.”
The 22nd-annual event, which is hosted annually by Wisconsin, is played at Nielsen Stadium in Madison. 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.
The Yellow Jackets are one of just five different schools to have captured the ITA National Team Indoor title over the last 21 years, as Stanford has won nine championships, Florida has taken six titles, Georgia has been the victor in three final matches, Tech has won the last two and Duke has won one title.
Tech advanced to the Indoor Championships with wins over No. 25 TCU and No. 21 Arizona State during the ITA Kick-Off weekend. Should the Yellow Jackets advance through the first round, they will face either No. 2-seeded California or Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson in the quarterfinals.
Tournament Schedule & Draw:
Friday, Feb. 13
9 a.m. Matches
Miami (FL) vs. #1 Northwestern
Wisconsin vs. #8 Duke
North Carolina vs. #4 Baylor
Notre Dame vs. #5 Stanford
3:30 p.m. Matches
Southern California vs. #6 Georgia
Florida vs. #3 UCLA
Fresno State vs. #7 Georgia Tech
Clemson vs. #2 California