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Draw Announced for USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships

February 10, 2006 02:42 PM

The draw and start times are set for next Friday's U.S. Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the University of Washington in Seattle. The gathering of the nation’s top college programs includes seven schools from the Southern Section.

The event, which runs from February 17-20, is collegiate tennis' premier men’s indoor team tournament. It began in 1973 and each season offers a preview of the teams to beat at the season-ending NCAA Championships in May. This will be the fourth time since 1999 that Washington will be hosting the event.

Baylor enters the Indoor Championships as the defending champion. However, with Baylor entering as the No. 8 seed, the tournament appears to up for grabs. Southern competitors vying for the title include No. 2 seed University of Georgia, No. 5 University of Mississippi, No. 6 University of Virginia, No. 9 Duke University, No. 10 LSU, No. 11 University of South Carolina, and No. 14 University of Arkansas.

Baylor beat Virginia in last year's final held in Chicago. It was the first final appearance for both schools. Illinois won its second straight USTA/ITA title the last time the event was held in Seattle in 2004. Prior to Illinois' consecutive titles a Pac-10 school had won the tournament every year since 1987.

The USTA/ITA is the ITA’s longest-running event and in its formative years was held in Madison, Wis. It was staged as an eight-team national invitational tournament, but not all of the top teams initially chose to participate. It was in Madison where John McEnroe helped Stanford to the 1978 title. After Madison and one year in Princeton, NJ, the tournament was actually held outdoors at UCLA for three years before beginning a stint in Louisville, KY, from 1985-98. Louisville also hosted in 2000, 2002-2003. Washington first hosted in 1999 and again in 2001 and '04. The University of Illinois hosted the 2005 event at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago.

Quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be broadcast live by Ken Thomas on RadioTennis.com on Feb. 18-19. Event information is also available at gohuskies.com and itatennis.com.

On the women’s side Stanford beat Texas last Sunday in Madison, Wis., to win the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships.




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