ITA Kick-Off Weekend brings UC Davis back to SoCal

Jan. 25, 2018

UC Davis (1-2) at ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Fri.- Sun., Jan. 26-28, 2018
Los Angeles Tennis Center
ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend Tournament Page

FIRST SERVE: After facing a tough loss against No. 5 USC last weekend, the UC Davis men’s tennis returns to Los Angeles, Calif. to participate in the 2018 ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend, where UC Davis, for the second time in three seasons, has been selected as one of the 60 total schools to join in this event. The Los Angeles Tennis Center, where the Aggies will be playing at, serves as one of 15 host sites in this tournament

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: There will be 15 regional sites, each site containing four teams, spread spread out over 24 different Division I tennis facilities. The winners of the single-elimination event earn automatic berths to next month’s ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships, which will take place in Seattle, Wash., for the men’s side.

As finalized in June, the Aggies are the No. 4 seed in Los Angeles, where they will take on the No. 1 seed UCLA, currently ranked No. 6 as of Jan. 24, while Central Florida Utah State are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. When the draws were released back in June, Central Florida carried a No. 33 ranking, while Utah State was ranked No. 45. Aside from UC Davis, both UC Santa Barbara, the No. 2 seed at USC, and Cal Poly, the No. 3 seed at Texas A&M, are the other two schools from the Big West Conference also selected to participate in this weekend tournament.

LOOKING BACK - 2016 ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND: The 2016 ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend took place on the second weekend of the Aggies’ 2016 dual season. UC Davis entered the tournament with a 0-1 overall record after facing a loss against No. 18 Stanford in their season-opener match. UC Davis, holding a No. 57 ranking at the time, played at USC’s Marks Tennis Stadium, which served as one of the 15 host sites that year. Aside from the Aggies and the No. 8 host USC, No. 33 Pepperdine and No. 37 Tulane were the other two schools chosen to play at this venue. To recap the Aggie action that took place on the first day of the tournament, the Aggies fell to USC, 7-0; however, on the second day, UC Davis bounced back to upset Pepperdine in the consolation match, 4-3.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Bruins finished their 2016-2017 campaign with a 22-6 overall record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in Pac-12 Conference play, during their spring dual season. At the NCAA tournament, UCLA advanced to the Quarterfinal round, but saw an end to their run after being defeated by Georgia. Central Florida wrapped up their 2016-2017 season with a 16-7 overall record in spring play, which included a finals qualification in the American Athletic Conference tournament, and a short-lived run in the NCAA Tournament. As for Utah State, also the Aggies, they finished the 16-17 season with a 23-9 overall record, and also made a short appearance in the NCAA Tournament before No. 21 Northwestern stopped their run in the opening round.

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