Auburn University will start the ITA National tomorrow against Oklahoma


Auburn University will start the ITA National tomorrow against Oklahoma
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The Auburn University women's tennis team is about to play at the 2024 ITA National Indoor Team Championships, which begin tomorrow, Friday, February 10, 2024 in Seattle, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club.

The teams will compete in the opening round on Friday, the quarter-finals and consolation matches will take place on Saturday, the semi-finals and further consolation matches will take place on Sunday and the finals will take place on Monday.

This will mark Auburn's third consecutive appearance in the championships. Auburn earned its chance at the prestigious event by defeating Denver and Duke during the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Durham last month. The team continued its momentum by winning a doubleheader at home against Texas Tech and South Alabama, before making the trip to the West Coast.

The Tigers will begin the 16-team bracket tournament against third-ranked Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m. CT. at the Seattle Tennis Center. The Cowgirls hold a perfect 5-0 record this season, with wins over No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 UCLA. Oklahoma State also has five singles players and two doubles teams represented in the ITA individual rankings released Wednesday.

With a win tomorrow, the Tigers would extend their winning streak to five games, mark the highest-scoring win in program history and advance the team to the quarterfinals against No. 9 Texas A&M or No. 10 Texas.

Friday's game will be the fifth all-time meeting between Auburn and Oklahoma State, with the two teams splitting the four meetings. Auburn won their last meeting 4-2 in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

In the ITA's most recent individual rankings released Wednesday, the Tigers have four singles players and two doubles teams represented. Fifth-year Carolyn Ansari remained in the top-15 in singles, coming in at No. 13. Ansari is the winner of three straight singles matches, including two ranking victories over Shavit Kimchi of Duke, and Cristina Tiglea of Texas.

The other Auburn players featured in the singles rankings are DJ Bennett, Ariana Arseneault and Selin Ovunc. Ovunc and Bennett also moved from 30th to 10th in the doubles rankings. The new ranking marks a career doubles record for Bennett.

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