Women's Tennis Headed to Duke for 2019 ITA Kick-Off Weekend
June 7, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga women’s tennis team will head to Durham, N.C. for the 2019 ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 26-27, 2019, drawing the No. 4 seed in the bracket along with the regional host Duke, Nebraska and Old Dominion. This is the Bulldogs second-consecutive trip and second trip of all-time to the event as they competed in the Michigan regional in January of this year.
The 64th-ranked Bulldogs and No. 4 regional seed joins fourth-ranked and No. 1 seed Duke, 46th-ranked and No. 2 seed Nebraska and 48th-ranked and No. 3 seed Old Dominion. Gonzaga will face host Duke to open the event on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be the first time in program history that Gonzaga has faced the Blue Devils.
“It’s obviously a huge honor to play at Duke,” Gonzaga head coach D.J. Gurule said. “Duke is legendary as far as tennis and what they’ve done. It’ll be a big challenge, but I also think Nebraska and Old Dominion being there rounds out a pretty good schedule in general. No matter who we play in the second round, we know we’ll have a good match. It will be a great opportunity for rankings and to get national exposure.”
The teams will compete in one of 15 regionals during the weekend of January 25-29, 2019. The winners of each regional site will advance to the 2019 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, which will be hosted by the University of Washington Feb. 8-11, 2019. It marks the first time in the event’s history that competition will take place in the Pacific Northwest.
Gonzaga finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 16-7 overall record including a 7-2 mark in WCC play, good for a tie for second with Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked No. 64 in the ITA/Oracle Collegiate Tennis Rankings released Wednesday, May. 23. Click here to view the full ITA rankings.
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