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Monday, January 31, 2011

Fields Set for ITA Team Indoor Championships; USC Tops Women's Recruiting Class Rankings; Dan Magill's 90th Birthday Party

With the completion of the ITA Kickoff Weekend today, the fields are set for the Team Indoor Championships February 18-21. Below are the teams who advanced, the men to Seattle, where the University of Washington will host, and the women to Charlottesville, where the University of Virginia will host. Two women's teams who hosted Kick-off Weekend regionals and were top seeds fell to visiting teams: Notre Dame lost to Arkansas and Florida State lost to Washington both by 4-3 scores. Top seed North Carolina and No. 2 seed Georgia went to a third set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles to decide their match, with Shinann Featherston winning it for the Tar Heels.

On the men's side, all 15 top seeds hosting advanced.

The qualifying teams' current rankings are in parentheses:
Stanford (1)
Florida (2)
Baylor (3)
UCLA (5)
North Carolina(6)
Duke (7)
Michigan (8)
California (9)
Miami (11)
Tennessee (12)
Georgia Tech (13)
Northwestern (20)
Arkansas (23)
Washington (24)
Host Virginia (26)

USC (2)
Tennessee (3)
Ohio State (4)
Texas (5)
UCLA (6)
Florida (7)
Stanford (8)
Texas A & M (10)
Georgia (11)
Kentucky (12)
Louisville (13)
Duke (14)
Texas Tech (15)
Illinois (16)
Host Washington (26)

Tennis Recruiting Network released the winter edition of its 2011 women's recruiting class rankings and the University of Southern California was the unanimous choice with its four blue chips. It was the first time there has been a unanimous selection in the women's rankings in five years. Michigan finished second and UCLA third. For the complete rankings, see the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Dan Magill, the legendary Georgia Bulldog, who was the men's tennis coach and so much more at the University of Georgia, celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend in Athens. They threw a huge party for him that was a great tribute to one of the most memorable personalities in college tennis. For more on Magill's legacy at the University of Georgia, see this story from the Athens Banner-Herald (I think they shortchanged current coach Manny Diaz a couple of NCAA titles in that sidebar however). Thanks to Bill Kallenberg for the photo of Magill with Diaz.