Men’s tennis team heads to Kentucky for ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Nitya Duran

This weekend the Longhorns travel to Lexington, Ky., to participate in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event. Texas will play against South Carolina while Kentucky faces off against Michigan State on Friday. 

A total of 15 ITA Kick-Off Weekend events will take place this weekend, with the winner of each advancing to the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Seattle (Feb. 15-17).

“It’s going to be a very challenging week with four good teams,” head coach Michael Center said. “At this point we are still learning about ourselves. We are talking a lot about being consistent physically and emotionally — showing that we have the endurance to be strong during the course of the season.”

Nick Naumann and Daniel Whitehead will compete in the singles portion this weekend. Three teams of Chris Camillone/David Holiner, Sudanwa Sitaram/Whitehead and Alex Hilliard/Andrew Korinek will compete as doubles teams.

The men’s tennis team is off to a 3-0 start this spring with impressive wins over Washington and Tulsa last weekend to round out the Key Biscayne Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. 

The red-hot Longhorns climbed the national rankings from No. 23 to No. 17. They have begun their season 4-0 or better in each of the past 5 seasons.