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)