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2011 ITA Season Kicks Off Across Southern Section

January 28, 2011 10:26 AM
By John Hobart & Kerri Gibson, USTA Southern intern
The 2011 ITA season kicks off this weekend with 25 sites playing host to events. Southern host sites include Duke (dual-gender), Tennessee (dual-gender), North Carolina (women’s), Clemson (women’s), Georgia Tech (women’s), Georgia (men’s), Kentucky (men’s), and Louisville (men’s).
Many other Southern Division I teams will be participating in the Kick-Off Weekend. Arkansas, Mississippi, Winthrop, College of Charleston, South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Alabama, NC State, and Auburn will be competing in the women’s events. On the men’s side will be South Carolina, Mississippi, USC Upstate, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Auburn, ETSU, Troy, NC State, Wake Forest, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Mississippi.
For the women, 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. The 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the Feb. 18-21 ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Boar's Head Sports Club (hosted by the Univ. of Virginia). The men’s side will have the same format except their National Team Indoor Championship will be hosted by the University of Washington.
Be sure to check back Monday for results. Click here for seeding and bracket breakdown.
ITA Rankings place seven Southern Division I Women’s Teams in Top 20
The rankings for the women’s Division I teams for 2011 are as follows: University of North Carolina #6, Duke University #7, Clemson University #11, University of Tennessee #13, University of Georgia #15, Georgia Tech #16 and University of Mississippi #18.
The Division II Top 10 rankings for the Southeast were also announced. Armstrong Atlantic State University is #1 with Clayton State at #2, Columbus State #3, Francis Marion #4, Augusta State #6, Georgia College #7, Queens University (NC) #8, Erskine #9 and Lincoln Memorial University at #10.
Division III does not have Atlantic South women’s team rankings due to an insufficient number of dual match results.
Collegiate men’s teams hold seven spots in the ITA Top 20 Rankings
The ITA rankings for men’s Division I tennis teams include University of Tennessee at #7, University of Georgia #11, University of Kentucky #12, University of Louisville #13, Duke University #14, University of Mississippi #18 and University of North Carolina at #20.
Division II Top 10 rankings have Armstrong Atlantic State University at #1 for the men’s teams. Following AASU is Columbus State at #2, Georgia College & State University #3, Francis Marion University #4, Lander University #5, Augusta State #7, Lees- McRae College #8, Anderson University #9 and finally USC- Aiken at #10.
The Division III top 10 rankings included two teams from the Southern section, Emory at #1 and NC Wesleyan at #3.



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