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Women's Tennis Hosts ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 01/23/2013
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CORAL GABLES, Fla.  - The University of Miami women's tennis team is serving as one of 15 host sites during this weekend's 2013 ITA National Indoor Qualifier, with UM hosting Friday and Saturday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The winner(s) from each host site will then head to Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 8-11 for the ITA National Indoor Finals.

The Hurricanes will be joined by teams from the 56th-ranked University of Hawaii, 35th-ranked Arizona State University and 44th-ranked Oklahoma University for the weekend affair. The matches begin on Friday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. with the University of Miami taking on Hawaii. That match will be followed promptly at 2 p.m. by Arizona State vs. Oklahoma.

"We need to stay on target this weekend and not take any team lightly," Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. "I want to begin with great doubles on Friday and move from there.  We have three very solid teams coming to town and our focus needs to stay on playing aggressive with a lot of discipline."

Miami (2-0) enters the weekend ranked No. 9 in this week's ITA poll, staying put at that position from three weeks ago after victories over Florida Atlantic and No. 24 Illinois. UM also claimed the Miami Spring Invite in which No. 11 Texas, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 26 Vanderbilt paid a visit to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The Canes are led by three players ranked in the polls, including a pair of freshmen, Kelsey Laurente (No. 51) and Stephanie Wagner (No. 92). Sophomore Lina Lileikite is also ranked at No. 57.  Though not ranked yet, the doubles team of Laurente and junior Brittany Dubins upset the seventh-ranked tandem of Texas A&M's Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov this past weekend.

The second day of action will feature the consolation match beginning at 10 a.m. The championship match will begin at 2 p.m., or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first match.

For more information on the ITA and the entire Kick-Off weekend for the ITA National Indoor Qualifier, please locate your internet browser to www.itatennis.com.

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Saturday, Feb. 2 -- vs. UNF (Neil Schiff Tennis Center), 2 p.m.
Schedule
 
Friday, January 16
Women's Tennis vs. Miami Spring Invite
Coral Gables, Fla.
All Day
Saturday, January 17
Women's Tennis vs. Miami Spring Invite
Coral Gables, Fla.
All Day
Sunday, January 18
Women's Tennis vs. Miami Spring Invite
Coral Gables, Fla.
All Day
Friday, January 23
Women's Tennis vs. ITA National Indoor Kick-Off Weekend
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Saturday, January 24
Women's Tennis vs. ITA National Indoor Kick-Off Weekend
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Sunday, January 25
Women's Tennis vs. ITA National Indoor Kick-Off Weekend
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Friday, February 06
Women's Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.
All Day
Saturday, February 07
Women's Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.
All Day
Sunday, February 08
Women's Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.
All Day
Monday, February 09
Women's Tennis at ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.
All Day
Friday, February 20
Women's Tennis vs. FGCU
Coral Gables, Fla.
4:00 PM
Friday, February 27
Women's Tennis vs. Wake Forest
Coral Gables, Fla.
4:00 PM
Sunday, March 01
Women's Tennis vs. Clemson
Coral Gables, Fla.
11:00 AM
Friday, March 06
Women's Tennis at Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y.
3:00 PM
Sunday, March 08
Women's Tennis at Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
5:00 PM
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