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No. 3 Georgia to meet No. 5 Virginia in the Championship match

CHICAGO, Ill. – Fifth-seeded Virginia looks to defend their title against No. 3 Georgia as both teams picked up semifinal victories to advance to tomorrow’s Championship match in the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Illinois at Midtown Tennis Club.

ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: Semifinals
#3 Georgia 4, #11 Stanford 2
#5 Virginia 4, #8 Tennessee 0

ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: Quarterfinals
#8 Tennessee 4, #1 Ohio State 3
#4 UCLA vs. #5 Virginia
#3 Georgia 4, #6 USC, 1
#11 Stanford 4, #2 Texas 3

ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Ohio State 4, #16 Pepperdine 2
#8 Tennessee 4, #10 Baylor 0
#4 UCLA 4, #13 Illinois 2
#5 Virginia 4, #12 Tulsa 0
#6 USC 4, #9 Mississippi 0
#3 Georgia 4, #14 Florida State 1
#11 Stanford 4, #7 Florida 3
#2 Texas 4, #15 Michigan 0

Having participated in the ITA Team Indoor Championships 32 times, Georgia is tied with Stanford for the most appearances, having missed the annual event only three times. The reigning NCAA Champions carry a record of 65-37 in this tournament and have now moved past UCLA for the second most finals appearances with seven (Stanford has played in the finals a record 16 times). In their seventh finals matchup, UGA is looking to capture their third title in the last four years and first since 2007 when they became just the sixth team to win back-to-back titles. The Georgia women’s team also made the finals of the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships and will face top-ranked Northwestern tomorrow. It is the ninth time that one school has had both the men’s and women’s teams in the finals of both of events in the same year and the third time that UGA has accomplished this feat (1994-’95).

Virginia has advanced to their third finals appearance in only their fifth appearance overall in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Cavaliers won last year’s title with a 4-1 victory over Ohio State and also appeared in the finals hosted at Midtown in 2005 but were defeated by Baylor, 4-1. With a record of 13-4, the Cavs have an impressive .765 winning percentage in the annual event. Even more amazing is that UVA is 59-2 dating back to March 23, 2007 with their only two losses coming to the Bulldogs of Georgia. Both programs are making their third finals appearance since 2005 but have yet to face each other.

This event, which features 16 of the nation's top programs, has annually crowned a national indoor champion every year since 1973.

More on the Finalists:
Georgia (8-0): Georgia is looking to capture their third ITA National Team Indoor title as the Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 4-2 win over No. 11 Stanford. Georgia jumped on the Cardinal early 1-0 by claiming the doubles point.
Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt, ranked 40th nationally, clinched the point for the second day in a row. They edged Blake Muller and Richard Wire 9-8 (4). In singles, Stanford (6-1) started strong with victories at the No. 4 and 5 spots. Ryan Thacher breezed past Borja Malo in a 6-1, 6-3 straight set win immediately followed by 62nd-ranked Wire’s 6-2, 6-4 victory over Drake Bernstein to give Stanford its first lead. It was Bernstein’s first dual match loss of the year and snapped his six-match winning streak. The All-American Schnugg tied the match 2-2 when he registered a 7-5, 6-4 win over 33rd-ranked and 2009 ITA Sportsmanship Award winner Alex Clayton. After dropping the first set, Varela stormed back to give the lead back to the Bulldogs back the lead after dropping Gregory Hirschman 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Hunt, ranked 35th-nationally, sent the Bulldogs in to the finals with his 7-6 (6), 6-3 upset of the sixth-ranked Bradley Klahn to clinch Georgia’s 4-2 victory.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 14 Florida State, 4-1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 6 USC, 4-1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 11 Stanford, 4-2
Championship Matchup: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 5 Virginia – Noon (CT)

Virginia (11-0): The No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers look to defend their ITA National Team Indoor title against No. 3 Georgia after advancing to the finals with a 4-0 sweep of No. 8 Tennessee. The Cavaliers took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. After UVA got an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles with Drew Courtney and Lee Singer taking out Christian Hansen and Matt Brewer. Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz clinched the opening point for Virginia with an 8-3 upset over No. 21 Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago at the No. 2 position. In singles, the Cavaliers got off to a strong start by winning four of the six first sets. In three of those matches, Virginia quickly won the second set to close out the match. The total match time for the singles matches was one hour and 20 minutes as No. 6 singles, Courtney topped Brewer 6-4, 6-1 to make the score 2-0. Steven Rooda followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hansen at No. 5 singles before 24th-ranked Sanam Singh ended the match with his 6-1, 6-3 clinching victory over Conkic at No. 2 singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 Tulsa, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 5 Virginia def. No. 4 UCLA, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Virginia def. No. 8 Tennessee, 4-0
Championship Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 3 Georgia – Noon (CT)

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The ITA Championships are open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Single day tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. All-session passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information including a complete schedule of events please call Midtown Tennis Club at 773.235.2300 or visit www.midtown.com/chicago.