THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN’S TENNIS
ITA Kickoff Weekend
Lexington, Kentucky – Hillary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Center
Kickoff weekend results, schedule, bracket
Friday January 27th
#5 Kentucky vs. Liberty, 10 p.m. PT | Live Stats
Washington vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. PT | Live Stats
Saturday January 28th
Consolation Game, 8 p.m. PT | Live Stats
Round Two Game, 12 p.m. PT | Live Stats
SEATTLE– The Huskies started the 2023 season with back-to-back wins last week, but now it’s officially ITA Kickoff Weekend, with the Dawgs traveling to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the qualifying rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Lexington is one of fifteen venues across the country hosting Round 1 and Round 2 games this weekend. One out of four teams at each location will be promoted to the National Indoors team in February.
The Huskies take on Notre Dame in the first round on Friday, January 27 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Before this game, the hosts Wildcats, ranked No. 4 overall, take on Liberty. On Saturday, the two winners will go head-to-head at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time, and the teams that got stuck will play earlier in the morning at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time.
This marks the first time UW has attended Kickoff Weekend since 2019. Last year, as the hosts of the championship, the Huskies were automatically included in the field of the national team’s sixteen indoor team.
The Fighting Irish have played five games this season, losing 4-1 to Northwestern and beating Western Michigan 4-3 in the last game. Notre Dame has their 17th singles player in Sebastian Dominko.
Kentucky, a NCAA runner-up a year ago, is currently ranked 5th and started 4-0, with an important 4-1 win over Illinois. The Wildcats have two singles players in No. 14 Joshua Lapadat and No. 108 Taha Baadi. The Wildcats had a historic run to the NCAA title match last spring, defeating DePaul, Northwestern, Wake Forest, TCU and Ohio State, in that order, before falling to Virginia in the finals.
Liberty opened his season at No. 1 against Virginia but failed to get on the board against the Cavs. That was followed by wins over Tennessee Tech and Queens to go 2-1 into the weekend. Last year, Liberty won the ASUN conference title and advanced to the NCAA championships, which fell to North Carolina State in round one.