UW Men's Tennis Earns NCAA Bid
May 1, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 32nd-ranked Washington men's tennis team earned an at-large selection and will travel to Sound Bend, Ind., and the campus of Notre Dame to compete in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, May 11 and 12. The Huskies (16-6, 4-3 Pac-10) will face 38th-ranked Wisconsin (15-10, 6-5 Big-10) in the opening round, Friday, May 11.
Also competing in the first round at the same site will be host Notre Dame (24-3), the tournament's No. 5 seed, and Butler (14-9). Friday's winners will play Saturday for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals at the University of Georgia, May 17-22.
Washington is making its 13th 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 five times in the last six years.
Wisconsin is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. This is just the third time in Badgers' history that they have made the tournament and they have never advanced past the first round. The Huskies and Badgers have never faced each other in men's tennis.
The Huskies played in South Bend on March 5, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Irish. Despite that loss, the Huskies hold the all-time series advantage over Notre Dame, 2-1. The Huskies have never faced Butler.
Washington was third in the Pac-10 standings for a second year in a row. Since the Pac-10 Northern and Southern divisions merged in 1998, the Huskies have finished third or better only three times, all in the past three seasons. Alex Slovic is the Huskies top singles player and is ranked 64th in the April 30 ITA poll.
The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will follow the team portion of the competition at Athens, Ga., May 23-28. The 64-player singles draw and 32-team doubles draw will be announced Wednesday, May 2, at 3 p.m. PT on NCAASports.com