A&M to Host 2013 ITA Womenís Kick-Off Weekend
The event will be held Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Although the Aggies have competed in the Kick-Off Weekend every year since it began in 2009, this marks the first time they will be hosting.
A&M will welcome Arizona, Minnesota and North Texas to the four-team site. The Aggies will be the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 4 seed North Texas on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. The match follows the 10 a.m. opener between the No. 2 seed Wildcats and No. 3 seed Minnesota.
The consolation match will be Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m., and the championship match will follow at 2 p.m. The winner of the championship match will join the winners from the other 14 sites, as well as the University of Virginia, at the prestigious ITA National Team Indoor Championships to be held Feb. 8-11 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
The Aggies, who will be a No. 1 seed for the first time, will be aiming to receive their first automatic berth to the indoor championships. Most recently, A&M suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to Ole Miss in the opener of the 2012 ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Tallahassee, Fla., and then defeated Ohio State in the consolation match.
A&M finished the 2012 campaign ranked No. 17 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament and going 19-6 under first-year head coach Howard Joffe.
Arizona (16-9) received a No. 27 final ranking after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for first time since 2006. The Wildcats were eliminated by No. 7 seed North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Minnesota will be looking to avenge a 4-1 loss to the Wildcats in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Gophers, who made their first NCAA appearance since 2003, finished the season 16-9 and ranked No. 39.
North Texas also made an appearance in the NCAA tournament first round and received a No. 55 final ranking after going 18-7, the team's most wins since 1985.
The Aggie men's tennis team will be competing in the 2013 ITA Men's Kick-Off Weekend and will be the No. 4 seed at Stanford. Texas Tech and San Diego also will be competing at the Stanford site.