1. Stanford University
Highlights: ITA National Indoor Champions, Pac 10 Team (and singles) Champions, Number 1 ranking
The Card won their 16th National Championship last year when they were ranked 8th and stormed to defeat Florida in a classic 4-3 battle. Stanford has an amazing lineup, especially with lines 1-4. Led by Senior Hilary Barte, Stanford also has sophomore Mallory Burdette, who clinched the match last year, as well as outstanding freshmen Nicole Gibbs and Pac 10 singles champion Kristie Ahn. Stanford is undefeated for the year and are hosting not only the regional, but the main tournament itself. They currently have a 179-match win streak at home and are 130-18 in points overall
2. University of Florida
Highlights: ITA National Indoor Runner-Up, SEC Champions, Number 1 ranking
Why?: Holding the number 1 ranking and 2nd overall seed, the Florida Gators have been on fire this year, with their only loss a 4-2 matchup against Stanford in the finals of the ITA Indoors. Sophomores Lauren Embree and Allie Will have led the team at the top 2 spots for nearly every match since they have stepped foot on campus. With amazing freshmen Sofie Oyen, Olivia Janowicz and Alex Cercone, Florida is ready to battle and fight back for the national championship, where they were oh-so-close last year. UF has lost been stellar since their loss to Stanford February 21st, going 86-3 in points before and 128-15 overall.
Stanford and Florida are the only 2 favorites for the title, but potential upsets and darkhorses are:
- Duke University
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- University of Georgia
- Baylor University
It will be a great Championship, for sure!