Fall Collegiate Tennis Season Comes to a Close This Weekend at the NIIC
Nov. 11, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The college tennis fall season draws to a close this week as the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships get underway Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.
Virginia men’s tennis junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C) and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) will be competing in the tournament with Kwiatkowski playing in the singles draw and partnering with Styslinger in the doubles draw. Kwiatkowski, the top-seeded player in the singles draw, will face Florida State’s Benjamin Lock in Thursday’s first-round match. Kwiatkowski and Styslinger, the top-ranked team in the doubles bracket, have a first-round bye and will face either a team from UAB or Texas Tech in a second-round match on Thursday evening.
The NIIC, which runs Nov. 12-15, is the fourth national championship on the 2015-16 ITA National Tournament calendar. Earlier this fall, national champions were crowned at the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters, Men’s and Women’s All-American and National Small College Championships. Kwiatkowski won both the singles title as well as the doubles title while partnering with Styslinger at the Saint Francis ITA Men’s All-American Championship.
Live scoring will be available for the entire tournament on event host Columbia University’s website with updated draws and daily recaps from the event available at the ITA Championship Central page.
ESPN3 and WatchESPN will broadcast the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals. The NIIC broadcast will feature Patrick McEnroe and Stephen Amritraj as the on-air talent for the six matches. Semifinal coverage gets underway at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 14, with men’s and women’s matches played consecutively. Sunday’s championship matches begin at 10 a.m. ET, with the men’s final, followed immediately by the women’s final.
The NIIC features 32 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s singles players, as well as 20 outstanding men’s and women’s doubles teams. Champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships, USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Super Bowl, Oracle/ITA Masters and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men’s singles quarterfinalists and women’s singles semifinalists from the Saint Francis ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships earned automatic entry into the NIIC. Both the USTA and ITA selected at-large and wildcard participants, while Columbia University received a wildcard entry into each draw for serving as event host.