Men's Tennis

    Big Weekend at ITA Kick-Off For Men's Tennis

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Alastair Barnes
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Alastair Barnes
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 26, 2012

    Live Match Update

    IU men's tennis (2-1 and ranked 29th nationally) continues its season at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday and Sunday. Sixty schools will be competing across the country for the 15 vacant spots at the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship, to be hosted next month by the University of Virginia.

    No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) is the host school at IU's site, and No. 28 Notre Dame (3-1) and No. 44 Cornell (2-0) are the other two schools. IU plays Notre Dame at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and will face off with the winner of the OSU/Cornell match up with a spot at indoor nationals on the line.

    ITA Kick-Off Weekend Schedule:
    Sat. Jan. 28
    10 a.m. - No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Cornell
    2 p.m. - No. 2 Indiana vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

    Sun. Jan. 29
    10 a.m. - Consolation match
    1 p.m. - Championship match

    Indiana looks to end a four-match skid against the Fighting Irish in the first meeting of the in-state rivals since 2006-07. IU's last victory over Notre Dame game on Jan. 24, 2003.

    The Hoosiers lost at Ohio State, 5-2, in 2011, and this weekend provides the first of two opportunities to square off with the defending Big Ten champions in the regular season this year.

    Tournament History
    The ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship is the ITA's longest running national championship, which dates back to the 1973 season. Stanford has won the most titles at the event with 12 and is followed by UCLA with seven. From 1990-2002, Stanford and UCLA claimed every ITA National Team Indoor title. However, four different programs - Illinois, Baylor, Georgia and Virginia - have been crowned champions in the last seven years. The team that has reached the final has gone on to win the NCAA crown 15 times since 1973.




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