Tennis Takes On Michigan In NCAA Tournament First Round
BOULDER - The University of Colorado tennis team begins its second season traveling to the University of Notre Dame for the NCAA Tournament first round, Saturday, May 12 at the Courtney Tennis Center.
The Buffaloes will take on the Michigan Wolverines at 10 a.m. (MST), the same opponent they played against during their last tournament appearance in 2003 that resulted in a 4-0 Michigan victory.
The first match up of the four-team region is Illinois-Chicago (15-6) playing the host and sixth seeded Fighting Irish (25-3) at 7 a.m. (MST) Saturday. The winners of each opening round match will square off against one another on Sunday at 10 a.m. (MST) with the winner advancing to the 16-team NCAA Championship on May 18-22 at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
All three matches can be viewed with live scoring on the Notre Dame athletic web site at http://und.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/sched/nd-w-tennis-sched.html
The No. 37-ranked Buffaloes (16-7) enter the NCAA Tournament having won six of seven matches. Colorado's 16 triumphs are the most under eight-year head coach Nicole Kenneally, who was awarded her first Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honor last week.
CU is led by All-Big 12 singles selection sophomore Monica Milewski (25-10) at No. 1 singles. Milewski is the first CU woman in 22 years (1985) to earn an invitation to the NCAA Singles Tournament and only the fourth women since 1982. She's No. 38 nationally and posted a 16-7 dual match record at No. 1.
Joining Milewski with 20 or more singles victories is junior Gleisy Torres Torres (25-8) and sophomore Franziska Jendrian (21-11). Milewski and Jendrian also teamed together at No. 2 doubles for a team-best 16-6 record.
The No. 23-ranked Wolverines are also 16-7and earned its sixth consecutive bid to the 64-team field. They are led by sophomore Chisako Sugiyuma with 29-6 record and ranked No. 91 nationally.
Sugiyuma, was 17-3 during the spring and leads three other teammates with at least 20 singles triumphs. Freshman Tania Mahtani is 27-11, senior Kara Delicata is 22-11 and rounding out the 20-plus winner list is No. 86 ranked senior Jenny Kuehn (20-11).
UM's No.1 doubles team of Sugiyuma/Kuehn are 12-3.
Complete coverage of the 2007 NCAA Championships can be found at www.ncaasports.com.
Sat-Sun., May 12-13 ? at NCAA Regional Championship (South Bend, Ind.)
All times are Mountain
May 12: Illinois-Chicago vs. Notre Dame, 7 a.m. (MST)
May 12: Colorado vs. Michigan, 10 a.m. (MST)
May 13: Illinois-Chicago/Notre Dame winner vs. Colorado/Michigan winner, 10 a.m.
May 18-22: at NCAA Team Championship (Athens, Ga.)