Jan. 31, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
Waves Face Georgia Tech in First Round of ITA Indoors
The Pepperdine women's tennis team is set to compete at the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships from Feb. 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The unseeded Waves will face fourth-seeded Georgia Tech in the first round at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
As college tennis' premier indoor team tournament, the National Indoor Championship invites 16 of the nation's top teams and serves as a preview of the teams to beat in May. Joining Pepperdine in this year's tournament field is top-seeded and defending national champion Stanford, Baylor, BYU, California, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, TCU, ULCA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Commonwealth and host Wisconsin.
The competitive field includes six teams ranked in the Top 10, including Pepperdine's first round opponent, which checks in at No. 6. The Waves, who started the season ranked No. 14, have moved up one spot to No. 13 in this week's tennis rankings.
Pepperdine and the National Indoors
Pepperdine will make its 14th appearance at the ITA Indoor Championships and first since 2001. Stanford and UCLA have competed at the Indoors the most, with Stanford making its 20th showing and UCLA making its 16th.
The Waves have compiled an all-time record of 20-19 and have reached the quarterfinals on five different occasions: 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2001.
No. 14 Pepperdine enters the competition with a 2-1 record as it defeated Cal Poly and UC Irvine in its first two matches, but recently fell to No. 3 USC.
About Georgia Tech
Ranked No. 6 in the latest Fila/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the Yellow Jackets will open their dual match schedule at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Kristi Miller leads the squad in singles with a No. 15 ranking, while five other singles players are ranked in the Top 100. In doubles, Miller pairs up with Alison Silverio for a No. 40 ranking. The Waves last met Georgia Tech in 2005, when it knocked Pepperdine out of the NCAA tournament in the second round.
The First Round
9 a.m.: #1 Stanford vs. Vanderbilt
#8 California vs. Virginia Commonwealth
#4 Georgia Tech vs. Pepperdine
#5 North Carolina vs. TCU
3:30 p.m.: #6 Northwestern vs. UCLA
#3 Miami (Fla.) vs. Wisconsin
#7 Baylor vs. BYU
#2 Notre Dame vs. Clemson