Jan. 24, 2013
After opening the 2013 spring campaign with a 6-1 home victory over Northern Illinois, the Golden Gophers are heading south to take part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. As the third-seed in the tournament of four, No. 34 Minnesota will join No. 6 Georgia, No. 32 Virginia Commonwealth, and No. 39 Vanderbilt in Athens, Ga. for the two-day event.
No. 1 seed Georgia returns three starters from last season, all of whom rank in the top 20. No. 8 KU Singh leads the way with No. 16 Hernus Pieters and No. 19 Nathan Pasha following behind. The Bulldogs also boast the No. 5 doubles team in the nation when Pieters teams up with Ben Wagland.
Second seeded Virginia Commonwealth is also home to three individually ranked players and one ranked doubles duo. Max Wennakoske sits at No. 45, Alexia Heugas at No. 67, and Jaime Vazquez at No. 113. Vazquez will pair with Alejandro Argete, a team picked as No. 36, at the third doubles position.
Vanderbilt rounds out the teams as the No. 4 seed. The Commodores are anchored by No. 17 Ryan Lipman and No. 20 A.J. Austin, scheduled at the first and second positions, respectively. Kris Yee, who is the No. 6 position, is also ranked with a No. 114 pick.
Minnesota and Virginia Commonwealth both come into the weekend undefeated in the spring. The Gophers are 1-0, while the Rams are 4-0. Vanderbilt has posted a 1-1 record so far this season. It will be the first spring competition for Georgia.
Minnesota begins action tomorrow morning when the team challenges Virginia Commonwealth at 8 a.m. CT. To follow along with the results, visit the tournament central page here.