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Thursday, February 13, 2020

North Carolina Women Take Over Top Spot in ITA Rankings, Dominate Indoor All-Tournament Team; Men's D-I Team Indoor Begins Friday; Blanch, Kuzuhara, Kalieva and Sieg Reach Grade A Banana Bowl Quarterfinals

The ITA's new women's Division I team rankings are out, and they are the last rankings done by ballot, with next week's the first done by computer.  As is customary, the winner of the National Team Indoor Championships moves to No. 1, with North Carolina at the top, followed by finalist UCLA. Georgia fell from 3 to 8 and Princeton made a big jump, from 17 to 9.

There are no ITA men's team rankings this week in advance of the Indoor, but the USTA did release its poll yesterday, with the Ohio State men and the North Carolina women at the top spot. The North Carolina men are No. 2 in the USTA poll, but are seeded No. 4 at the Indoor; of course the results this weekend will go a long way to getting more uniformity between the USTA poll and ITA computer (I think. Maybe.). The full USTA Top 25 release is available here, and they have also added the rankings of current and former collegians in the Top 300 to their weekly report.

The ITA Division I Women's Team rankings, February 13, 2020:
(previous ranking in parentheses).

1. North Carolina (2)
2. UCLA (4)
3. Stanford (1)
4. Florida State (9)
5. NC State (8)
6. Duke (5)
7. Texas (7)
8. Georgia (3)
9. Princeton (17)
10. Ohio State (12)

The ITA released its women's Team Indoor all-Tournament team, with North Carolina senior Sara Daavettila named Most Outstanding Player. The only players not on either North Carolina or UCLA are Duke's No. 2 doubles team of Margaryta Bilokin and Meible Chi.

All-Tournament Team:
No. 1 singles: Alexa Graham, UNC
No. 2 singles: Sara Daavettila, UNC
No. 3 singles: Jada Hart, UCLA
No. 4 singles: Elizabeth Scotty, UNC
No. 5 singes: Makenna Jones, UNC
No. 6 singles: Sasha Vagramov, UCLA

No. 1 doubles: Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart, UCLA
No. 2 doubles: Margaryta Bilokin and Meible Chi, Duke
No. 3 doubles: Cameron Morra and Elizabeth Scotty, UNC

For the results of the above players, see this article from the ITA.

The Men's Team Indoor begins tomorrow in Madison Wisconsin at 9 a.m. central time. Links to live scoring and live streaming can be found at the ITA tournament page.

Texas[3] v UCLA[14] 9 a.m.
Texas A&M[6] v Michigan[11] 9 a.m.
Stanford[7] v NC State[10] noon
USC[2] v TCU[15] noon
Florida[5] v Columbia[12] 3:30 p.m.
South Carolina[13] v North Carolina[4] 3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest[9] v Baylor[8] 6:30 p.m.
Ohio State[1] v Wisconsin[16] 6:30 p.m.

The quarterfinals are set at the ITF Grade A Banana Bowl in Brazil, with two American girls and two American boys still in the running for a title.

No. 4 seed Dali Blanch defeated No. 13 seed Petr Nesterov of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-2 in the third round and will take on unseeded Jerry Shang of China in the quarterfinals. No. 12 seed Bruno Kuzuhara beat unseeded Nicolas Zanellato of Brazil 7-6(4), 6-3 and will face No. 3 seed Hanwen Li of China next.

No. 6 seed Madison Sieg defeated No. 11 seed Alejandra Cruz of Mexico 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 and will play No. 14 seed Tina Smith of Australia. Both the No. 1 seed Dana Guzman of Peru and the No. 2 seed Mell Reasco Gonzalez of Ecuador lost in the second round. Elvina Kalieva, the No. 8 seed, has lost only four games in her first three matches, beating No. 10 seed Matilde Paoletti of Italy 6-1, 6-0 in today's third round. Kalieva, who has played only one other tournament this year, the qualifying of the $25K in Daytona Beach, faces No. 3 seed Julia Garcia of Mexico in the quarterfinals.