Jan. 24, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 16 Vanderbilt women's tennis team begins dual play this weekend at the ITA Kick-off hosted by the University of Nebraska. The third-seeded Commodores will face off second-seed Texas Tech, Saturday at 11 a.m., and top-seed Nebraska will take on fourth-seeded Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.
Over the course of the weekend, a total of 60 women's tennis programs will take the court with a hope to lockup one of the 15 berths for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, in February, hosted by the University of Virginia.
The Nebraska regional is set to be one of the toughest on the women's side, with all four teams currently sitting in the ITA's top 25. Vanderbilt heads in to Lincoln as the highest ranked team, though the 'Dores are followed closely by Texas Tech at No. 18, and Georgia Tech at No. 19. The host Nebraska is ranked No. 25.
The regional will feature seven ranked singles players and three ranked doubles teams. Georgina Sellyn, Vandy's No. 4 singles player, enters as the top ranked singles player at No. 48. The Commodores lead all teams with four ranked singles players.
Fourth-seeded Georgia Tech has the No. 4 doubles team in the country in Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey. The duo went 14-4 in the fall, with one of their four losses coming at the hands of VU's Sydney Campbell and Ashleigh Antal, at the June Stewart Invitational in October.
Campbell and Antal enter the kick-off weekend as Vandy's top-ranked doubles team, currently at No. 28 in the country, after putting together a 7-1 fall record.
The ITA Kick-off weekend will be the first national tournament to use the new experimental formats, according to the ITA.
The women will play all sets in singles and doubles to six games, with regular scoring and tie-breakers at 6-all. However, if a singles match splits sets, a match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.
The winners of each match on Saturday will face off Sunday at 3 p.m., with a chance to go to National Indoors on the line. The losers of each match, Saturday, will play in the consolation final, Sunday at 11 a.m.