Tennis Teams Selected to Play in ITA Kick-Off Weekend
June 6, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's and women's tennis teams have been selected to participate in the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend held from Jan. 25-28. Memphis earned the fourth seed at their respective sites in both the men's and women's draft. The men will travel to Norman, Okla., and the women head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for their matches.
Both the men's and women's ITA Kick-Off Weekend consists of four teams at 15 sites for a total of 60 participants. The host school serves as the top seed and will meet the four-seed. Teams seeded second and third play in the other opening match. The two winning squads will then play in a final match to determine who will earn a berth into the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The programs were selected to participate in the event based on their final rankings from the 2012 season.
Head coach Paul Goebel and the men's team elected to play in a four team pod that consists of top-seed Oklahoma, two-seed Harvard and three-seed Notre Dame. Memphis, which posted a 19-6 record and final ranking of No. 35, will face an Oklahoma squad that notched a 19-4 mark and ranked No. 10 in the final ITA poll. Harvard (23-3) finished the season No. 24 and Notre Dame (21-9) ended No. 29.
The women's team will play in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Alabama, Tulsa and Clemson as the top three seeds, respectively. Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker's squad opens with the Crimson Tide, who finished 2012 ranked No. 11 with an 18-5 record. Tulsa (23-4) claimed the C-USA regular-season and tournament crowns in 2012 and ended the season No. 23. Clemson went 16-11 with a ranking of No. 25, while Memphis posted a 16-5 record and ranked 60th in the final ITA standings.
Memphis experienced unprecedented success on the court this season. The men's tennis team made its first appearance in the NCAA Championships, and Courtney Collins, the ITA Ohio Valley Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship recipient, became the first female to earn a bid into the women's singles championship. Combined, the two programs placed 11 players on all-conference teams.