Men's Tennis Earns 14th-Straight NCAA Appearance
April 29, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - The Husky men's tennis team received an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships it was announced today by the NCAA selection committee. The 32nd-ranked Huskies (14-9, 2-5 Pac-10) will face the 33rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (17-9) in the first round for the second-straight year.
Washington will be heading to Los Angeles for the regional rounds, taking on Wisconsin on either May 9 or May 10. The winner will then face the winner of third-seeded UCLA, the regional host, and Eastern Washington, on May 10 or 11.
The 64-team field is divided into 16 regional sites, the winners of which advance to the final rounds held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hosted by the University of Tulsa. The final rounds of the team championship will be held May 16-26.
This is the 14th-consecutive NCAA appearance for the Husky men, dating back to 1995 and head coach Matt Anger's first season with the team. The Huskies have advanced to the Round of 16 five times in the past seven years, but last year suffered a first round defeat for the first time since 2000. That loss was a 4-3 decision to the same Wisconsin team which Washington will face in the first round this year.
'We are always thrilled to be in the NCAA Championships field,' said coach Anger. 'We knew we would be in the field, but it is definitely a surprise to be matched up with Wisconsin for the second-straight year. They have much of their team returning so it's a bit surprising that they are ranked as low as they are. They are a very formidable team, but we have a number of guys back from that match that are very eager to get a second chance.'
The Pac-10 will have six representatives in the tournament, including third-seeded UCLA, sixth-seeded USC, Arizona State, California, Stanford, and Washington.