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Florida leads 16-team field at ITA championship

Second-ranked Florida (4-0) travels to Charlottesville, Va., to play in the 27th annual National Team Indoor Championships for the first time in three years.

Florida, the top seed in the 16-team event, drew host Virginia for its opening round match held at the Boar’s Head Sports Club and will be Friday's fourth dual match of the day.

This is the 16th time the Gators have competed in the National Team Indoor Championships. Florida sports a 44-11 all-time record competing at the National Team Indoor Championships.

The Gators have not competed in the event since the 2010-11 season, when they finished runner-up to Stanford. This is just the fifth time in 12 years under head coach Roland Thornqvist UF will be competing in National Team Indoors. UF has won the event six times since its inception in 1988 ('88, '91, '92, '96, '97 and '99).

Florida is 2-0 all-time against Virginia though the teams haven't met since 1979.

Lob shots

Stanford is the only top-10 team not playing in the ITA National Team Indoors Championships, and will instead face No. 37 Saint Mary's (Calif.) on Saturday. ... Georgia will be in its 24th ITA championship and has won three national titles. ... UCLA will face Texas first as it looks to make the final for the third consecutive year. ... Southern California faces Alabama in the Round of 16 as it seeks improvement on last year's quarterfinal berth. ...  Texas A&M heads to the ITA championships, where it will square off with Northwestern first, on the heels of a win against No. 3 North Carolina -- the highest-ranked win in program history. ... California reached the quarterfinals of the ITA championships and will face Clemson in the first match this year. ... Four Miami (Fla.) players are 4-0 this season as the Hurricanes tangle with Georgia. ... Duke's match against Michigan will kick off the championship.

Monika Kochanova and Giovana Patitucci are ranked No. 14 nationally in doubles for West Florida, which faces Auburn-Montgomery on Friday. ... Rollins, which opens its season against Florida Southern, lost just one member from last year’s team that finished 16-6 and took third place in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. ... Barry starts its quest for a third consecutive unbeaten regular season on Sunday against Embry-Riddle. ... Ioana Ivan and Valentine Confalonieri went 19-2 in doubles last season for Lynn. ... After Armstrong Atlantic's first match of the season was canceled last weekend, the Pirates will try to start their season on Sunday against Montevallo.

Chicago opens its Division III schedule with a double header this weekend, playing Denison on Saturday and Kenyon on Sunday.

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