Huskies Earn NCAA Bid, Head East To Face Penn State In First Round

May 3, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 21st-ranked Washington men's tennis team earned an at-large selection and will travel to Richmond, Va., and the campus of Virginia Commonwealth to compete in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, May 13-14. The Huskies (18-5, 5-2 Pac-10) will face 45th-ranked Penn State (17-6, 5-5 Big Ten) in the opening round, Saturday, May 13.

Also competing in the first round at the same site will be host Virginia Commonwealth (25-4), the tournament's 12th seed, and Richmond (12-13). Saturday's winners will play Sunday for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals at the Stanford's Taube Tennis Center, May 20-23.

Washington is making its 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, all under the direction of head coach Matt Anger. The Huskies are one of eight NCAA Division I schools to have advanced as far as the NCAA Round of 16 four times in the last five years.

The Huskies turned in another stellar regular season performance, compiling an 18-5 overall record and tying for third in the Pac-10 standings with California with a 5-2 record. Big wins for UW this year came against then-No. 11 Virginia (4-1) in the first round of the National Team Indoor Championships and then-No. 7 UCLA (4-3) in a Pac-10 contest. UW enters the championships having won five of its last six dual matches.

The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will follow the team portion of the competition at Stanford, May 24-29. The 64-player singles draw and the 32-team doubles draw will be announced Thursday, May 4, on NCAASports.com.

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