Arizona Men's Tennis Earns Bid To NCAA Tournament

May 3, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The NCAA selection committee announced Thursday that theNo. 38-ranked Arizona men's tennis team received an at-large bid to theNCAA tournament. The Cats will travel to Athens, Ga. to face the GeorgiaTech Yellow Jackets in the first round . The University of Georgia is thehost institution for the tournament.

'The team has worked hard to get where we are and to earn a spot in thechampionship field, said assistant head coach Bob Helmig. We are excitedabout playing outside of the West and the unexpected.'

The Cats were paced this season by wins over tourney participants, No. 16UC-Berkeley, 4-3, and 18th-ranked Washington, 4-3. UA began the seasonwinning nine of its first 12 contests to help secure a spot in thepostseason.

The No. 27 Yellow Jackets (16-6, 6-2) hail from the Atlantic CoastConference. Georgia Tech's singles lineup is comprised of a senior, threesophomores and two freshmen. Sophomores Roger Anderson and David Wrightanchor the doubles lineup with 15 victories and a No. 45 ranking.

Rounding out the four-team regional will be No. 58 Furman Paladins (19-9)and the second ranked Georgia Bulldogs (22-1). The Paladins won theSouthern Conference tournament to earn an automatic bid to the tournament.The Bulldogs captured the Southeastern Conference tournament title tosecure their 18th straight appearance in the field of 64.

Arizona sports a 2-8 record against this year's championship field. UA hasnever faced any of the three teams in the regional.

The Cats will face off against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, May 12, at 9a.m. EDT.

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