All top-10 teams, minus No. 1 Stanford, to host teams in ITA Kick-Off Weekend
For the sixth consecutive year, the ITA Kick-Off Weekend highlights the first full slate of weekend action. This year's version features nine of the top-10 ranked teams, with only defending national champion and current No. 1 Stanford not participating.
Winners from the weekend's 15 regional sites, as well as championship host Virginia, will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va.
North Carolina, the six seed in last year's event, won the title for the first time last year and will play Denver on Saturday to start. The winner of that match will face the winner of Memphis-VCU on Sunday for the right to advance to the championship.
The Kick-Off Weekend will features the ITA's clinch-clinch rule that put the three doubles matches (for a total of one team point) first before the six single matches to determine the rest of the scoring. However, once a team has accumulated four points -- and therefore enough points for the team win -- the remaining single matches will not be completed.
Florida senior Olivia Janowicz heads into the Spring season on the strength of two Fall single titles ... North Carolina has won its two matches this season by 4-0 scores ... Georgia hosts ITA Kickoff Weekend for the third consecutive year and has won three national indoor titles ... UCLA opens its qualifying with No. 61 San Diego, and its regional also features No. 30 TCU and No. 38 UC Irvine ... Southern California reached the semifinals of last year's ITA National Indoor tournament ... Texas A&M starts with Mississippi State, one of the few unranked teams in the qualifying stage ... California swept its two opponents in qualifying last year ... Miami (Fla.) sophomore Kelsey Laurente finished 5-0 in the Miami Spring Invite last weekend ... Duke singles player Ester Goldfeld is 3-1 against ranked opponents so far in 2014 ... While not part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event, Stanford is hosting UC Davis to open its seasonon Friday.