2012 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship Begins Friday in Charlottesville

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2012 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship Begins Friday in Charlottesville


The field of 16 is set for the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men’s Team Indoor Championship. The University of Virginia will serve as the host of the 38th annual Championship at The Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A total of 14 out of the 15 No. 1 seeds participating in the fourth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend were able to advance to Charlottesville. Baylor, California, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC were all able to successfully defend their home turf; Georgia Tech was the only host team to lose, as Auburn was able to pull off the road upset to earn the right to compete for the prestigious national title.

Below is an in-depth look at the 16 teams vying for the 2012 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship crown.

Auburn: The Auburn Tigers come into the weekend ranked No. 16 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Auburn stands at 6-0 on the season so far, with three wins over ranked opponents: No. 17 North Carolina, No. 29 Georgia Tech, and No. 56 South Florida. The Tigers have one player with a Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles ranking in No. 23 Andreas Mies. Auburn also has a doubles pair in the top 10 of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings, No. 7 Alexander Stamchev and Andreas Mies. The Tigers are set to play host team Virginia in the opening round.

Baylor: The Baylor Bears enter the event ranked No. 7 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The Bears have played five dual matches on the young season, posting a 4-1 record. Baylor has two wins over ranked teams, defeating No. 32 Florida State and No. 53 New Mexico State. The only loss suffered by the Bears this season came at the hands of No. 5 Florida. Baylor has three singles players with a Campbell/ITA College Tennis ranking: No. 25 Mike Zsiga, No. 98 Lars Behlen, and No. 100 Roberto Maytin. Maytin also teams up with Marko Krickovic to form the No. 26 doubles duo in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings. The Bears will face the Stanford Cardinal in the first round.

California: The California Golden Bears are currently ranked No. 13 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. California stands at 4-2 on the season, with three wins and both losses coming against ranked competition. The Golden Bears were able to knock off No. 23 Tulsa, No. 24 San Diego, and No. 27 LSU, but were unable to defeat No. 1 USC or No. 8 UCLA. California has two players with a singles ranking in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: No. 44 Ben McLachlan and No. 67 Carlos Cueto. McLachlan and Cueto are also ranked No. 16 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings, while teammates Christoffer Konisgsfeldt and Nick Andrews are the fourth-ranked duo in the nation. The Golden Bears will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in their first match of the event.

Duke: The Duke Blue Devils come into the tournament as the No. 10 team in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Duke is undefeated on the season at 7-0, beating six ranked teams so far. The Blue Devils have picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois, No. 20 Tennessee, No. 26 Washington, No. 28 Michigan, No. 30 Notre Dame, and No. 40 VCU. Duke currently has two players in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings, with Henrique Cunha at No. 2 and Chris Mengel at No. 17. Cunha and Mengel are also No. 47 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings. Cunha and Fred Saba team up to form the No. 13 doubles pair nationally, while Saba is also ranked No. 56 with Raphael Hemmeler. Duke will play the UCLA Bruins in the opening round.

Florida: The Florida Gators are currently ranked No. 5 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Florida is 5-1 so far this season, with their only loss coming against No. 2 Virginia. The Gators have collected five victories over ranked opponents: No. 7 Baylor, No. 18 Illinois, No. 32 Florida State, No. 42 Wake Forest, and No. 59 New Mexico. Florida has three players with a national ranking in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings, led by No. 40 Bob van Overbeek. No. 53 Spencer Newman and No. 101 Tripper Carleton are also ranked for the Gators. Florida also has three doubles teams ranked in the top 30 of the Cambell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings, including No. 9 Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer. Carleton and Newman are also ranked No. 14, while van Overbeek and Andrew Butz check in at No. 29. The Gators are set to take on the Pepperdine Waves in their first round match.

Georgia: The Georgia Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 4 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Georgia has five wins over ranked opponents this season, including a 7-0 sweep against arch rival No. 29 Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs have also defeated No. 31 Virginia Tech, No. 44 TCU, No. 68 Clemson, and No. 74 East Tennessee State. Georgia has an impressive five singles players with a national ranking in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, including No. 3 Wil Spencer. The other four ranked players are Sadio Doumbia (No. 21), Ignacio Taboada (No. 43), KU Singh (No. 55), and Hernus Pieters (No. 72). The Bulldogs also boast two doubles duo with a top 10 Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles ranking: No. 6 Doumbia and Taboada, along with No. 7 Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux. Georgia is set to play the California Golden Bears in the opening round.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Wildcats come in as the No. 6 team in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Kentucky has a perfect 9-0 record on the season, with six of those wins coming over ranked opponents. The Wildcats have collected wins over No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 23 Tulsa, No. 25 Indiana, No. 30 Notre Dame, No. 51 NC State, No. 58 Michigan State. Kentucky has an impressive six players with a Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles ranking, including three in the top 20: No. 6 Eric Quigley, No. 13 Anthony Rossi, and No. 20 Alex Musialek. The other three ranked players are Tom Jomby (No. 79), Alejandro Gomez (No. 87), and Panav Jha (No. 119). In doubles, Jha and Quigley are ranked No. 48 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, while Musialek and Quigley are No. 58. The Wildcats are set to play the Texas A&M Aggies in their first match.

Ohio State: The Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the current Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings. Ohio State has a 9-0 record coming into the tournament, with six wins coming against ranked competition. The Buckeyes have knocked No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 14 Mississippi State, No. 25 Indiana, No. 35 Louisville, No. 50 Cornell, and No. 58 Michigan State. Ohio State has three nationally-ranked players in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings: No. 12 Blaz Rola, No. 16 Chase Buchanan, and No. 65 Devin McCarthy. The Buckeyes also have four doubles duos with a national ranking, including the top-ranked duo in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings Buchanan and Rola. Buchanan is also ranked No. 15 with Peter Kobelt, while Rola also teams up with Connor Smith to form the No. 38 doubles pair. McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen also check in at No. 27. Ohio State will play the Texas Longhorns in the opening round.

Pepperdine: The Pepperdine Waves are No. 12 in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Pepperdine does enter the event with a losing record at 3-4, but all four losses have come to team currently ranked in the top 10; the Waves have losses to No. 1 USC, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 6 Kentucky, and No. 8 UCLA. Pepperdine has picked up victories over No. 43 VCU and No. 54 Cal Poly. The Waves have four players ranked nationally in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: No. 26 Finn Tearney, No. 31 Sebastian Fanselow, No. 58 Mousheg Hovhannisyan, and No. 78 Hugh Clarke. Pepperdine has one ranked doubles duo in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, No. 53 Alex Llompart and Tearney. The Waves are set to play the Florida Gators in their first match.

Stanford: The Stanford Cardinal is ranked No. 9 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Stanford has already played nine dual matches so far this season, coming in with a record of 6-3. The Cardinal have picked up five wins against ranked foes: No. 17 North Carolina, No. 23 Tulsa, No. 49 Santa Clara, No. 52 BYU, and No. 65 Saint Mary’s. Stanford has suffered losses against No. 1 USC, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 33 Fresno State. The Cardinal have just one ranked singles player in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, No. 29 Ryan Thacher. No Stanford doubles teams have a current national ranking. The Cardinal are set to play the Baylor Bears in the first round.

Tennessee: The Tennessee Volunteers come in as the No. 20 team in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Tennessee has a 4-3 record so far this season, with all but one match coming against ranked competition. The Vols have defeated No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 29 Georgia Tech, and No. 58 Michigan State. Tennessee has also suffered losses to No. 10 Duke, No. 18 Illinois, and No. 37 Memphis. The Vols have one ranked singles player in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, No. 81 Mikelis Libietis. Libietis also teams up with Hunter Reese to form the No. 41 doubles pair in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Tennessee will take on the USC Trojans in the opening round.

Texas: The Texas Longhorns have a current ranking of No. 14 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Texas has played eight dual matches so far this season, coming in with a record of 6-2. The Longhorns have defeated No. 17 North Carolina, No. 22 Texas Tech, No. 36 Rice, No. 41 Maryland, and No. 75 Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Texas has also suffered losses to No. 2 Virginia and No. 11 Texas A&M. The Longhorns have two players with a national ranking in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, with Daniel Whitehead at No. 69 and Soren Hess-Olesen at No. 93. There are no Texas doubles duos with a Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles ranking. The Longhorns will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in their first match.

Texas A&M: The Texas A&M Aggies have a current ranking of No. 11 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings. Texas A&M is 5-2 on the season so far, with wins over No. 14 Texas, No. 14 Mississippi State, and No. 67 Purdue; the Aggies have also been defeated by No. 2 Virginia and No. 23 Tulsa. Texas A&M has one player with a national ranking in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings, with Alexis Klegou at No. 15. The Aggies also have two nationally-ranked doubles pairs, with Colin Hoover and John Lewis at No. 36, along with Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow at No. 55. Texas A&M will face the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round.

UCLA: The UCLA Bruins are ranked No. 8 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings. UCLA has played eight matches on the season, all against ranked foes, coming away with a win in each match. The Bruins have defeated No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 13 California, No. 33 Fresno State, No. 47 Alabama, No. 52 BYU, No. 55 UC Irvine, and No. 63 San Diego State. UCLA has four singles players with a current Campbell/ITA College Tennis Ranking: Nick Meister (No. 39), Clay Thompson (No. 70), Adrien Puget (No. 104), and Marcos Giron (No. 108). No Bruin doubles duo has a current national ranking. UCLA will play the Duke Blue Devils in the opening round.

USC: The USC Trojans enter the tournament as the No. 1 team in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings. USC is 7-0 so far this season, with six of those wins coming against ranked foes. The Trojans have wins over No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 13 California, No. 46 UNC-Wilmington, No. 57 UNLV, and No. 62 UC Santa Barbara. USC has six players with a national singles rankings in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, with three in the top 20: No. 11 Steve Johnson, No. 14 Daniel Nguyen, and No. 18 Ray Sarmiento. The other three nationally-ranked players are No. 47 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 47 Emilio Gomez, and No. 86 Roberto Quiroz. Johnson and Hanfmann are also ranked No. 28 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings. The Trojans will face the Tennessee Volunteers in the first round.

Virginia: The Virginia Cavaliers are currently the No. 2 team in the nation in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Virginia is 5-0 on the season, already claiming wins over No. 5 Florida, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 14 Texas, No. 41 Maryland, and No. 56 South Florida. A total of three Virginia players appear in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings: Mitchell Frank (No. 1), Jarmere Jenkins (No. 10), and Justin Shane (No. 37). The Cavaliers also have three doubles pairs in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Doubles poll, with Drew Courtney and Jenkins at No. 12, while Philippe Oudshoom and Shane are No. 19. Alex Domijan and Steven Rooda are currently ranked No. 42. Virginia is set to play the Auburn Tigers in its opening match.

The ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship will be held at the sports facility of The Boar’s Head, recognized as a top 50 tennis resort in the United Stated by Tennis Magazine. The Boar’s Head was also named the 2008 Private Facility of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry Magazine, while also receiving recognition from TennisResorts.com as one of the top 75 tennis resorts in the world. The facility contains a total of 26 courts: 10 Har-Tru outdoor courts, four outdoor hard courts, and 12 state-of-the-art DecoTurf indoor courts.

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