Jan. 24, 2014
ITA Team Indoor Championships - Opening Rounds
Saturday, Jan. 25
No. 15 Northwestern vs. No. 29 Oklahoma State - 12 p.m.
No. 21 Notre Dame vs. No. 26 Arizona State - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Saturday's losers, 10 a.m.
Saturday's winners, 2 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern women's tennis team will play host to three top-30 ranked teams this weekend as the `Cats were selected as a host school for the opening rounds of the ITA Indoor Team Championship. The first two rounds will be played at the Combe Tennis Center as part of Kickoff Weekend.
The No. 15 ranked Wildcats begin play at 12 p.m. Saturday against No. 29 Oklahoma State. No. 21 Notre Dame will take on No. 26 Arizona State at 4 p.m.
Last weekend, NU hosted No. 12 Alabama, DePaul and Iowa in the Wildcat Winter Duals. Dual meet scores were not kept, but individual performances were honored. Veronica Corning led the way for the `Cats, teaming up with Alicia Barnett to claim the doubles title, while finishing second in singles points.
Lok Sze Leung was honored as the Big Ten Conference's Player of the Week following the Winter Duals. Leung posted a 3-0 mark in singles play, including knocking off two ranked opponents. She beat No. 69 Emily Zabor of Alabama 6-2, 6-2, before defeating No. 52 Ana Vladutu of DePaul 6-4, 6-2.
Oklahoma State comes to Evanston for its first dual meet action of the 2014 season. The Cowgirls bring Kanyapat Narattana, the No. 59 ranked singles player, who won the ITA Central Region singles title a year ago. OSU advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 7 UCLA. The Wildcats have not matched up against Oklahoma State since 1988.
Notre Dame opened their 2014 campaign by posting consecutive 7-0 victories over Western Michigan and IUPUI last weekend. The Fighting Irish boast two highly ranked doubles teams. Monica Robinson and Jennifer Kellner make up the No. 26 duo in the country, while Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders are No. 30. Gleason is the lone-ranked singles player for the Irish. She is No. 67. Notre Dame was knocked off by No. 10 Michigan in the Round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State began the 2014 slate with a couple of wins in a doubleheader over Northern Arizona. The Sun Devils cruised in both matches, 7-0 and 5-0. ASU has two nationally ranked singles players in Stephanie Vlad at No. 50 and Desirae Krawczyk at No. 91. Arizona State also bowed out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32 with a loss to No. 4 Georgia.
The winner of this weekend's regional tournament will advance to Charlottesville, Va., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.