The ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship gets underway on Friday morning in chilly Madison, Wisconsin. Florida, which is the No. 8 seed, is the defending champion but the Gators will have an uphill climb after dropping its last two to Florida State and Oklahoma State. North Carolina will attempt to make it to the finals for the fourth year in a row while the top seed Vanderbilt will look to win its first NTI Championship.
All matches will be held on campus at Wisconsin with live streaming available via PlaySight for the matches on courts 1 through 6 (Duke/SC, UCLA/TT, GT/Mich, Florida/Wisconsin). There will be live scoring available for all matches at this link.
Below are the projected singles lineups for each match along with how each team qualified. 11 of the 16 teams are undefeated with Texas (Illinois), South Carolina (UCF), Michigan (Duke), Auburn (Princeton), and Florida (Florida State & Oklahoma State) the only ones with blemishes.
For the first time in 18 years the Women's National Team Indoor Championship is coming back to Gainesville after the top ranked and No. 1 seed Florida Gators held off second ranked/seed North Carolina 4-2. Florida got off to a great start in doubles by going up early breaks at No. 2 and No. 3 and it would only take 21 minutes for Florida's Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock to win 6-0 at No. 3. Florida's Ingrid Neel and Anna Danilina jumped out to a 2-0 lead at No. 2 and they'd add one more break to go up 5-2 and then Danilina would hold on the no-ad point to clinch the doubles point with a 6-2 win. The match at No. 1 was abandoned with the score tied at 4-4.
The finals are set at the 2017 Women's National Team Indoor Championships and after three days of action it has all come down to the top seed Florida and the second seed North Carolina. In the opening semifinal of the day at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, North Carolina and the No. 7 seed Ohio State went toe-to-toe for just under three hours. North Carolina struck first during the doubles point with Hayley Carter and Sara Daavettila winning 6-2 at No. 1 but Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase countered with a 6-4 win at No. 2. The decider at No. 3 went back and forth with North Carolina's Alexa Graham and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer jumping out to an early 3-1 lead but Ohio State's Ferny Angeles Paz and Olivia Sneed won three straight to go ahead 4-3. After three straight holds, North Carolina went up 0/40 on Sneed's 5-5 service game but the Buckeye duo battled back to hold on the no-ad point for 6-5. Graham held from 40/30 to send the match to a tiebreak and after the teams split the first 10 points North Carolina took the last two to win it 7-6(5).
The battle of the OSU's ended up being the closest match of the day in New Haven with Ohio State getting the best of Oklahoma State 4-3. Oklahoma State rolled through the doubles point with a 6-2 win at No. 2 and a 6-1 win at No. 3 but Ohio State bounced back in singles and took four opening sets.
Oklahoma State's Aliona Bolsova extended the Cowgirls lead to 2-0 with a straight set win at No. 4 but Ohio State would pick up straight set wins from Francesca Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, and Ferny Angeles Paz at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 to make it 3-2 Ohio State. The other two matches went the distance with Oklahoma State's Katarina Adamovic getting the win at No. 2 to tie the match at 3-3 but Ohio State's Miho Kowase would pull away from Carla Tur Mari in the decider at No. 6 and take it 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The opening day of the Women's National Team Indoor Championships is in the books with seven of the top eight seeds advancing to the quarterfinals. There were some blowouts and some close ones though none of them came down to the deciding court with 4-0 and 4-1 scores accounting for six of the eight results with the other two being 4-2. We'll start with the one seeding upset of the day which took place at the Tennis and Fitness Center in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Vanderbilt, which is the No. 8 seed, came into the match with a perfect 4-0 record during the doubles point while Texas Tech had only won the point once in four attempts. Many folks including myself though Vandy was a shoe-in to take the doubles point but Texas Tech must have figured something out in the off-week because the Red Raiders rolled in doubles by picking up a 6-2 win at No. 3 and a 6-3 win at No. 2.
After a month of dual-match play we have our first major team event of the year as 16 teams descend upon the Connecticut towns of West Haven and Rocky Hill. Yale is this year's host and therefore the Bulldogs gets an automatic bid into the tournament while the other 15 teams qualified during the ITA's Kick-Off Weekend two weeks ago. The eight teams with the highest ITA ranking secured a seed in the draw while the other eight teams were slotted at random so that's why we don't have a typical 1 versus 16 matchup because normally that would be Florida and Yale. FloTennis will have a live stream for all the matches at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University however there will not be a stream for the matches being held up the road at The Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill. There will be live scoring available for all matches via TennisTicker which is an excellent system that records each point and after the match you can download the scorecard to see the outcome of every point.
The Women's National Team Indoors (NTI) gets started on Friday morning at 9am in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Boars Head Sport Club - Boyd Tinsley Courts. Use the below links to help follow everything:
ITA Event Page
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,3,6,4,5)