Men's Tennis Earns 15th-Straight NCAA Bid
April 28, 2009
SEATTLE - For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Washington men's tennis team has been selected for postseason play, as the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee today revealed the 64-team bracket for the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
The Huskies, ranked 27th in the nation by the ITA, will be hoping to take up extended residency in the Lone Star State, as Washington was assigned to Austin, Texas Regional, hosted by the University of Texas. Should the Huskies win their first and second round matches, they would head to College Station, Texas where the final rounds will be played.
In the first round on Friday, May 8, Washington will face Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are ranked 36th and finished the regular season 13-11 and fifth in the Big 12 Conference. Competing in the other half of the foursome will be host school Texas, ranked 12th, against Sacred Heart, the Northeast Conference Champions. The first round winners will meet on May 9.
The Huskies finished the regular season at 14-8, and tied for third in the Pac-10 with a 3-3 conference record. They have been ranked as high as 21st this season. The Huskies went 4-8 against teams selected to the NCAA Championships, with wins over Minnesota, Michigan, California, and Arizona.
Head Coach Matt Anger has now successfully guided Washington to the postseason in every one of his fifteen seasons in charge. After men's and women's crew, that is the longest streak of postseason tournament play for any team at Washington (not counting individual selections for swimming or track & field), moving one ahead of softball for the moment. The Huskies' streak is also the second-longest among all Pac-10 teams, trailing only UCLA.
'We're going to Austin and haven't been there in a number of years, but they've got a great facility and it's a great set-up for college tennis,' said Anger. 'I'm great friends with the coach of Texas Tech, we've known each other since we were 14-and-unders. They've always got a good team so I'm sure it will be a heck of a match in the first round.'
Washington has advanced to the Round of 16 on five occasions this decade, and four times had to do so with two wins on the road, the last coming in 2006 when they defeated Penn State and Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Va. The Huskies are also hungrier than ever for a tourney win, as each of the past two seasons ended with first round defeats.
'Once you see the draw, all of a sudden you can feel a little buzz with the guys. Right now I can tell they're all very excited. It's all good tennis, and I think our team is stronger than we have been, so we're hoping to do better,' said Anger.
The NCAA will also announce the fields for the individual NCAA Championships tomorrow, at 3 p.m. Pacific., on www.ncaa.com.
NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
Austin, Texas Regional
(12) Texas (19-6)
(49-64) Sacred Heart (14-8)
(17-32) Washington (14-8)
(33-48) Texas Tech (13-11)