Women's Tennis Earns First NCAA Bid Since 2005

April 29, 2008

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INDIANAPOLIS - The Washington women's tennis team earned an at-large bid into the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, it was announced today by the NCAA selection committee. The Huskies (12-9) will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. and take on Texas A&M (16-8) in the first round on May 9.

Washington, ranked 38th, is part of the four-team regional hosted by fourth-seeded Stanford. The Huskies and 31st-ranked Aggies will play on Friday at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center at 10 a.m. The winner will meet the winner of Stanford/Boston on Saturday, May 10 at 12 noon.

The winning team from each of the 16 regions advances to the final rounds, held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the University of Tulsa serving as host. The final rounds of the team championship will be held May 15-26.

This is Washington's 10th NCAA appearance all-time, and first since 2005. It is also the first under third-year head coach Jill Hultquist.

'We are really thrilled to be back in the postseason,' said Hultquist. 'The girls have all worked extremely hard this year. We are not that familiar with Texas A&M but from watching the results they look like a really gritty team.'

Washington's last tournament appearance came in 2005, when current seniors Tara Simpson and Allison Rainey were freshmen. The Huskies defeated Long Beach State in the first round before falling to UCLA in the regional final.

The Huskies have twice reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, once in 2001 and again in 2004.

Seven of the nine Pac-10 women's tennis teams qualified for the tournament, including No. 4 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 California, No. 10 USC, Arizona State and Washington State.

UW will also be expecting freshman star Venise Chan to earn a bid into the NCAA Singles Championships, the brackets for which will be revealed on Thursday.

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