USC Tennis Hosts Men's & Women's ITA Kick-Off Weekends|
Jan. 22, 2014
The USC men's and women's tennis teams play host to their first dual-match action of 2014 this weekend, welcoming six different teams to Marks Stadium for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The women's matches will run Friday and Saturday, and men's competition will be Saturday and Sunday. Teams are playing for the right to advance to February's ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which feature the winning teams from each respective ITA Kick-Off host site.
Rain caused some trouble when USC hosted ITA Kick-Off action last year, but warm weather and clear skies have been the name of the game in Los Angeles as of late.
On the women's side, the No. 6 Women of Troy are hosting No. 37 Saint Mary's No. 58 Utah and No. 60 North Texas. Action begins on Friday (Jan. 24) at 10 a.m. with a matchup between the Gaels and the Utes. At 1 p.m., USC will take on North Texas. Losing teams will face off on Saturday (Jan. 25) in the afternoon at 2 p.m. in the consolation match. The women's championship match will feature the winning teams playing at 5 p.m. that day for the right to take a February trip to Charlottesville, Va.
The men's format is the same, but with competition beginning on Saturday morning. The No. 4 Trojans will be joined by No. 64 Georgia State, No. 63 Wichita State and Santa Clara. Georgia State and Wichita State open the men's action at 8 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25) followed by an 11 a.m. match between USC and Santa Clara. On Sunday (Jan. 26), the losing teams do battle at 10 a.m., and the winning teams play for the ticket to Houston at 1 p.m.
The USC women are looking to make another deep run at the ITA National Indoors, where the Women of Troy worked their way to the semifinals of last year's tourney. The USC men are also known for their strength at ITA National Indoors. In 2013, the Trojans reached the title match.
The complete ITA Kick-Off Weekend schedule at USC is below: