Huskies Earn No. 4 Seed, Host NCAA First and Second Rounds May 15-16
May 5, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 10th-ranked Washington women's tennis team earned its eighth-straight postseason berth, and as the No. 4 seed has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, May 15-16.
The four-team field playing at Bill Quillian Stadium on the UW campus will include the Huskies (18-5), Fairfield (19-5), New Mexico (20-4) and Pac-10 opponent Oregon (16-8). First-round matches will be played on Saturday, May 15, with New Mexico and Oregon set to face each other at 10 a.m. PT, followed by Washington's contest with Fairfield at 2 p.m. PT. The winners will play on Sunday, May 16, at noon for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA team finals in Athens, Ga., May 20-23.
Washington has been selected to host the NCAA first and second rounds for the second-straight year and third overall, also hosting in 2001. The Huskies used their home court advantage well, winning both the 2001 and 2003 regional finals in Seattle, and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. Washington is making its eighth-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, and the seventh under head coach Patty McCain. UW's longest NCAA run was a trip to the Elite Eight in 2001.
The Huskies finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-5, including a 5-3 record against Pac-10 opponents for a fourth-place conference finish. Washington is currently ranked 10th, its lowest billing of the year after ranking as high as fourth earlier this season, its best rank in school history.
In addition to Washington, New Mexico and Oregon are also nationally ranked with the Lobos at No. 31 and the Ducks at No. 32. Washington has never faced Fairfield, but owns a 3-2 record against New Mexico and a 52-2 record against longtime foe, Oregon.
The NCAA women's singles and doubles championships will the follow the team championships in Athens, May 24-29. Those individual selections will be announced Thursday, May 6.
NCAA First and Second Rounds
Quillian Stadium o Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, May 15
Match 1 - New Mexico vs. Oregon, 10 a.m.
Match 2 - Washington vs. Fairfield, 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 16
Match 3 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 12 p.m.