Jan. 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The 53rd-ranked Tulane women's tennis team will once again participate in one of the top women's collegiate tennis events in the nation this weekend, Jan. 24-26, during the sixth-annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend, hosted by Duke University, at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.
Duke is one of 15 host schools for the women's event. The Green Wave will open play against No. 42 Kentucky on Friday, Jan. 24 at 12:30 p.m. CST. The Tulane/Kentucky winner will take on the winner of the match between No. 10 Duke and No. 57 Columbia in the championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. CST, while the losers will play a consolation match on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 a.m. CST. Each contest will feature live stats by Clicking here.
"Being invited to our second ITA Kickoff Weekend is very exciting for us and, at the same time, it's where I expect us to be year in year out," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We realize we have quite a task ahead of us coming to an indoor tournament with three very strong indoor teams but I know we will play every point with a purpose to make our chances of success higher."
Tulane is 1-0 on the year after dispatching Conference USA rival Southern Miss, 6-1, in the season opener last Saturday. Kentucky is 2-0 with wins over Cincinnati (7-0) and Ball State (4-2) in a doubleheader last Saturday, while Duke is 1-0 after downing William & Mary, 6-1, on Jan. 12, and the match-up with the Blue Devils will serve as Columbia's season opener.
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend events were created in 2009 as qualifiers for the ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Sixty schools compete for the remaining 15 spots in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, with a reserved spot for the host institution. After host sites are named, a draft is held with schools selecting which site to play at in order of year-end ITA Team Rankings.
Adding to the excitement, the ITA Kick-Off Weekend will be the first national tournament to use the new, experimental formats decided upon by the ITA Division Operating Committee.
The women's teams will be playing all sets in singles and doubles to six games, with regular scoring and tiebreakers at 6-all. However, if a singles match splits sets, a match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set. The men's teams will also play sets in all matches to six games, but with tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring.
For complete coverage of the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, and Facebook for updates and news from the weekend's events. Use the hashtag #ITAKickOff for all tweets in regards to the event, or search the term "ITAKickOff" to find others who are tweeting from across the nation about ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Jan. 24-27.
Friday (Jan. 24)
Duke vs. Columbia, 9 a.m. CST
Tulane vs. Kentucky, 12:30 p.m. CST
Saturday, (Jan. 25)
Duke/Columbia vs. Tulane/Kentucky (Championship Match), 5 p.m. CST
Sunday (Jan. 26)
Duke/Columbia vs. Tulane/Kentucky (Consolation Match), 8 a.m. CST