THE FLATS – The No. 11 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team opens the 2017 home slate this weekend, hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Jackets welcome No. 20 Kentucky, Penn and No. 24 UCLA to the two-day event at Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
THE SCENE: The ninth annual ITA Kick-Off weekend takes place across the country this weekend, Jan. 27-29, at 23 different Division I tennis facilities. In all, 60 teams will be competing per gender in Kick-Off Weekend events. There are 15 “regionals” played on both the men’s and women’s side, with four teams competing in each regional. The winners of the single-elimination event advance to next month’s ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Host sites for ITA Kick-Off Weekend were determined using the final 2015-16 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
Schedule of Play at Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Saturday, January 28
10 a.m. – Penn vs. Georgia Tech
2 p.m. – Kentucky vs. UCLA
Sunday, January 29
10 a.m. – Consolation Match
1 p.m. – Championship Match
Parking – On Saturday, fans attending the tennis action are asked to park in the Family Housing Deck. For Sunday, patrons can park on Fowler Street or McCamish Pavilion.
Live Stats – Live stats for all matches will be available on RamblinWreck.com.
ITA RANKINGS – Three nationally-ranked teams compete in Atlanta this weekend as the Jackets remain ranked at No. 11, while Kentucky sits at No. 20 and UCLA completes the trio at No. 24. Additionally, a plethora of individual athletes bring rankings into the weekend with Tech represented by No. 42 Rasheeda McAdoo and No. 82 Nami Otsuka. Penn boasts the No. 20 doubles tandem in the country with Ashley Zhu and Kana Daniel, while UCLA brings in the No. 9 tandem of Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara – Shibahara also ranks No. 4 in singles. Kentucky boasts two ranked singles competitors and two ranked doubles teams: No. 12 Aldila Sutjiadi, No. 74 Akvile Parazinskaite, No. 1 Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi and No. 57 Emily Fanning/Akvile Parzainskaite.
LAST TIME OUT – The Jackets opened the spring slate with a trip out to Oregon, facing Portland and Oregon. Tech swept Portland, 7-0, and bypassed Oregon with a 6-1 victory to carry a 2-0 record into this weekend’s competition.