University of Virginia will host ITA Kickoff matches this weekend

UVA will host the matches on Saturday and Sunday, at the Boar's Head Sports Club

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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University of Virginia will host ITA Kickoff matches this weekend
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The No.3 University of Virginia men's tennis team will host the ITA Kickoff Weekend matches at the Boar's Head Sports Club. It will begin tomorrow, Saturday, January 27, and continue on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

The Cavaliers have won six ITA Indoor National Team Championships, including four consecutive from 2008 to 2011 and most recently in 2017, when the tournament was held in Charlottesville. Virginia has only failed to make it out of the ITA Kickoff Weekend twice in the previous 15 tournaments.

This will be the first ever meeting between Virginia and Northern Arizona, and it would be the first meeting with Florida Atlantic if the two play on Sunday.
Virginia graduate student Edoardo Graziani played three years for the Quakers at No. 1 singles and doubles. He was named the 2022 Ivy League Player of the Year. Graziani's younger brother, Manfredi, now plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Quakers

Virginia is 2-2 against Penn. The Quakers' last win against UVA came in 1989 Chris Rodesch was named ACC Co-Player of the Week after defeating 2023 ITA National Player of the Year Eliot Spizzirri in straight sets last week in Texas. Spizzirri is at No.1 spot in the ITA Singles chart.

Rodesch and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg were also named the ACC Doubles Team of the Week, after going 2-0 and helping the Cavaliers win the doubles point in both the Texas and South Carolina matches. Måns Dahlberg went 2-0 last week, winning both singles matches at No. 6 and starting doubles matches with a score of 4-0. von der Schulenburg is 13-7 overall and 2-1 in doubles. Edoardo Graziani and James Hopper are 3-1 in doubles.

The Cavaliers will play No. 1 Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NCAA final. The Cavaliers close out their trip Sunday, Feb. 4, at No. 10 Kentucky in a rematch of last year's NCAA quarterfinals. Live court streams and real-time scores will be available for games with links posted on VirginiaSports.com. Entrance is free.

About the ITA Kickoff Weekend

The ITA Kickoff Weekend is one of the premier events of the spring season that brings together the top 60 men's and women's college tennis teams for a weekend of intense competition. Hosted by 15 men's and women's programs from across the country, the ITA Kickoff Weekend is an early-season test for teams against programs they might not normally face

The stakes will be high for Kickoff Weekend as all 120 competing teams will attempt to be just one of 15 teams of each gender to advance to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships. Each season, the ITA Kickoff Weekend field is determined by the ITA Kickoff Weekend Draft held in the summer months following the dual-game season. The top 15 teams ranked in the final ITA rankings of the season will automatically serve as hosts for both the men's and women's teams

In the draft, teams and coaches have the ability to choose where they would like to play. The predictions start with the team no. 16 in the rankings and end with the team no. 60 in the rankings.

With four teams playing at each host site, the winning teams from the opening round will meet in the second round to determine who will advance to the 2024 ITA National Indoor Team Championships.

The winner of the Charlottesville Regional Tournament will earn a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will be held Feb. 16-19 in New York City.

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