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National Men's Team Indoor Championships to be Held in Seattle
By: UCLA Athletics

January 13, 1999

PRINCETON, N.J. - The top men's college tennis teams in the nation will gather in Seattle next month at the 1999 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Washington Feb. 18-21.

This is the first year the event will be played in Seattle after a 14-year run in Louisville, Ky. The tournament will be played at Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis Club.

The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the premier indoor team tournament of the season, features 16 of the top men's tennis programs in the nation. Participating in this year's championships are (in order of national rank): No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Mississippi State, No. 4 Mississippi, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 SMU, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 16 Harvard, No. 18 Washington, No. 22 Fresno State and No. 30 Oklahoma.

The Pac-10 has dominated play at this tournament as four different schools (Stanford, UCLA, California and Southern California) has won it every year since 1987. And Stanford and UCLA have won all nine titles this decade. In fact, only three times has a school outside of California won this tournament since its inception in 1973 (all three were from the state of Texas).

Highlighting this year's draw is No. 1 Stanford, which won its tenth USTA/ITA National Team Indoor and 16th NCAA titles last year. Host Washington is listed No. 18 in the latest ITA Rankings and is competing in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors for the first time in school history.

Other schools to look out for are No. 2 Georgia and No. 5 Illinois. Georgia reached the finals in at this tournament in '96 and '97. Last year Illinois made a surprise run to the final before falling to Stanford. Mississippi State and Mississippi, two of three Southeastern Conference schools in the top four in the nation, also figure to make a strong run at the title.

This year's USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships will also showcase some of the top individuals in the nation. Harvard sophomore James Blake, the nation's No. 1 player in singles, will be on hand. As will Stanford's No. 5 Wolters, Texas' No. 7 Jack Brasington, Washington's No. 8 Kendrick and Tennessee's No. 10 Peter Handoyo. All told, 12 of the top 20 players in the latest ITA Rankings will be in Seattle.

For ticket information contact the University of Washington ticket office at (206) 543-2200.

Past Champions:
1998 - Stanford*
1997 - UCLA
1996 - UCLA
1995 - Stanford*
1994 - Stanford
1993 - UCLA
1992 - Stanford*
1991 - UCLA
1990 - Stanford*
1989 - California
1988 - Southern Cal
1987 - Southern Cal
1986 - Pepperdine
1985 - Stanford
1984 - UCLA*
1983 - SMU
1982 - Pepperdine
1981 - Not held
1980 - California
1979 - SMU
1978 - Stanford*
1977 - Trinity
1976 - Stanford
1975 - Stanford
1974 - Not held
1973 - Stanford*
* - Won NCAA championship same year

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