CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia men’s tennis team (3-0) hosts ITA Kickoff Weekend matches at the Boar’s Head Sports Club this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30.
- Live court streams and live scoring will be available for the matches with links posted on VirginiaSports.com
- Fans will be required to wear a mask while attending the matches in person
ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND SCHEDULE
- Saturday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. – 2-seed Georgia Tech vs 3-seed Middle Tennessee State
- Saturday, Jan. 29, 12 p.m. – 1-seed Virginia vs 4-seed Ball State
- Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – consolation match
- Sunday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. – championship match
ABOUT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND
- For 120 Division I tennis teams, the Road to Indoors begins Friday as they take part in the 14th annual ITA Kickoff Weekend. Hosted by 15 men’s and women’s programs from around the country, 120 teams will be playing for a spot in the 2022 ITA National Team Indoor Championships
- Returning to the traditional 60 team format, the 15 host sites on both the men’s and women’s sides were determined by the 2021 year-end rankings, while the remaining teams selected their Kickoff Weekend site through the ITA Kickoff Weekend Draft
- ITA Kickoff Weekend Scoreboard
- The winner of the Charlottesville regional will earn a spot in the 47th Annual ITA National Team Indoor Championships, being held Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.
- The UVA women are also hosting ITA Kickoff Weekend matches. The women’s championship match will take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
- Virginia moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week’s ITA Collegiate Tennis Coaches Poll
- The Cavaliers picked up their first ranked win of the season on Sunday with a 6-1 victory against No. 20 Harvard
- Sophomore Chris Rodesch leads the team with a 12-2 record in singles. Grad student Bar Botzer is 11-3 and sophomore Alexander Kiefer is 11-2
- Sophomore Iñaki Montes was named the ACC Player of the Week after picking up a straight-set victory against No. 17 Henry von der Schulenburg of Harvard last weekend. It was Montes’ second time in his career being named the ACC Player of the Week and the fourth overall time earning a conference weekly honor
- The Cavaliers have won six ITA National Team Indoor Championships, including four-straight from 2008 to 2011 and most recently in 2017 when the tournament was held in Charlottesville
- Virginia has only failed to advance out of ITA Kickoff Weekend twice in the previous 13 years of the tournament
- These will be the last home games for the team until Friday, March 11
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
- Fellow ACC school Georgia Tech is the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville regional
- Andres Martin is ranked No. 9 in singles.
- Martin and Marcus McDaniel are the No. 3 doubles team, making it to the semifinals at ITA Fall Nationals
- Keshav Chopra was named the first ACC Player of the Week this year after picking up a pair of wins over ranked opponents in the opening weekend of the spring season
- Middle Tennessee State has won the last two Conference USA titles
- MTSU opened the season with three 7-0 sweeps against Southern Miss, Tennessee State and North Alabama before falling 5-2 at No. 21 Mississippi State
- The Blue Raiders have three players ranked in singles, led by Stijn Slump at No. 30
- Ball State ended last season ranked No. 58 nationally and No. 6 in the Ohio Valley region. They posted a 17-5 record and were 6-4 in the MAC
- Chris Adams and Danilo Kovacevic are the reigning MAC Doubles Team of the Week