June 8, 2013

ITA Kick-Off Weekend Matchups Announced; Bulldogs Face Tulsa at Michigan

Yale Upset Mississippi in First Round of 2013 Kick-Off Weekend 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The matchups for the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend were announced June 5, and the Yale women's tennis team will face Tulsa in the first round at the University of Michigan. The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed for that site, while Tulsa is the No. 2 seed. Michigan, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 4 seed Virginia Tech in the other tournament match at that site.

The winners of the two first-round matches play each other the next day for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, and the losers play a consolation match.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend takes place Jan. 24-27 at 15 locations, with four teams at each location. The 15 schools that win both of their matches on Kick-Off Weekend will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 7-10 at the Boar's Head Sports Club at the University of Virginia.

Yale started the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-2 upset of host Mississippi in the first round, but fell to Vanderbilt 4-1 in the second round. The Bulldogs ended the season No. 36 in the 2013 ITA rankings, their third straight finish in the top 40. In addition to winning a share of the Ivy League championship (Yale's eighth, and third in a row), the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.

Michigan ended the 2013 season ranked No. 10, while Tulsa was No. 29 and Virginia Tech was No. 53. The Wolverines went 23-6, winning the Big Ten for the fourth straight season and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season. The Golden Hurricane went 19-7, falling to UNLV in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies finished at 14-12.

Yale's head coach, Danielle McNamara, was a two-time team captain for Michigan and helped the Wolverines to their first Big 10 championship in 1997. She was the first player in Michigan history to play in all three national championships (All-American, National Indoors, NCAA Championships).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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