Both Tigers Tennis Teams Learn Fate In NCAA Tournament

Both Tigers Tennis Teams Learn Fate In NCAA Tournament

The men will play at Ole Miss. The women head to the University of Alabama.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (University of Memphis) – Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams from the University of Memphis are heading to the NCAA tournament.

For the second straight year, the No. 32 ranked University of Memphis men’s tennis team (14-7) waited for their names to be called on the NCAA Men’s Tennis Selection Show. Unlike last year, this time the Tigers knew they had punched their dance card into the 64-team tournament, via a win in the Conference USA Championship on April 21st.

Memphis found out it will open its 2013 NCAA tournament run on Friday, May 10th against No. 39 BYU (21-6) at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center at Ole Miss. The winner of that match advances to the NCAA Second Round match, Saturday, May 11th, to face the winner of the Lehigh/Ole Miss match. Match times and ticket information for both rounds will be announced on Wednesday.

This will be just the second NCAA team appearance in school history. The Tigers faced Baylor in the first round of last year’s NCAA championships in the regional at Mississippi State, falling 4-0 to Baylor.

The ladies will be making their first appearance, and enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional. They will face No. 2 Florida State (16-9) on Friday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. CT at the University of Alabama’s Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. No. 1 seed Alabama (19-5) is the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament, and will take on Southland Conference champion Northwestern State (14-7) in the first round on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Memphis and Florida State are two of the 33 teams receiving an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The 30th-ranked Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship as a No. 7 seed with upset wins over No. 2 Clemson, 4-3, and No. 3 Virginia, 4-3, before falling to No. 4 Miami (Fla.), 4-1, in the finals.

Memphis, ranked No. 34 in the ITA’s latest poll, posted a 17-6 record this season with five wins over ranked opponents, including victories over top-25 Virginia and Notre Dame. The Lady Tigers made their second-straight appearance in the Conference USA semifinals before falling to No. 24 Tulsa, 4-3, on Apr. 20 in Houston, Texas.

The winner from the first round matches in Tuscaloosa will face each other Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. CT for a chance to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 on May 17 in Urbana, Ill.
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