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2013 ITA Women's Kick-Off Weekend Preview (ITATennis.com)
2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend Central (ITATennis.com)
LOS ANGELES – The University of Akron women's tennis team travels to Southern California this week to participate in the fifth-annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Zips will compete against No. 4 USC on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and either No. 55 Tulane or No. 67 UC Irvine on Sunday. Matches will be played at USC's Marks Stadium.
UC Irvine and Tulane square off at noon ET on Saturday, with that winner facing the winner of the Akron-USC contest on Sunday at 4 p.m. Sunday's consolation match will be played at 1 p.m. Fans can track this weekend's action through live statistics by way of USCTrojans.com.
The Zips, who enter the weekend 1-1 and have claimed back-to-back Mid-American Conference tournament championships, were selected to compete in the event for the first time in program history through a draft conducted in June. The USC campus serves as one of 15 regional sites in the 60-team bracket. The winner of each site earns a berth in the National Women's Team Indoor Championship.
The Zips and Trojans will be meeting for the first time. UA has never competed against UC Irvine and is 0-1 all-time when facing Tulane (7-0 loss on March 15, 2011).
Akron split a season-opening homestand last week, earning a 4-3 win over Middle Tennessee State before falling 5-2 to then 50th-ranked Penn State.
UA plays host to Missouri and Princeton next Friday and Sunday, respectively. Missouri is ranked 53rd and Princeton 71st in the latest ITA poll.