Men's Tennis Earns 16th-Straight NCAA Berth
May 4, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - For the 16th-consecutive season, the Washington men's tennis team finds itself in the field of 64 for the NCAA Championships, as the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee today announced the participating teams and the 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2010 postseason.
First- and second-round competition will be conducted May 14-16, May 15th and 16th in Washington's case, with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia. The final championship rounds will be held May 21-25.
The Huskies are heading to the state of Texas to begin their NCAA run for the second year in a row. Washington, currently ranked 25th with a 17-5 record, will be in Waco, Texas at the regional hosted by No. 7-seed Baylor. In the first round, the Huskies will take on Rice (14-10), ranked 33rd in the last ITA poll. That match is set for Saturday, May 15, at 9 a.m. Central time at the Baylor Tennis Center. Baylor will then face Oral Roberts at 12 p.m. CT. The winners will meet on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. Central.
Washington has advanced to the NCAA Championships every year of head coach Matt Anger's tenure. Last decade the Huskies made the Round of 16 on five occasions, most recently in 2006. Last year, the Huskies posted an incredible comeback from 3-0 down in the opening round to stun Texas Tech, 4-3. The Dawgs were upended in the next match, however, by Texas. The Huskies are 15-15 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
'We seem to always go to different spots which I actually think is a great thing,' said Anger. 'Sometimes in the tournament they'll keep schools as close to home as possible but I think it's great to have a new experience and I think this will definitely be new, though we are going to Texas again. It will be a great experience and we're looking forward to it.'
This season the Huskies posted their best start in school history with a 15-1 mark to begin the year. All five losses came to Top-25 opponents. The Huskies have six wins over 2010 tournament teams including Arizona (6-1), Boise State (5-1), UC Irvine (6-1), East Tennessee State (4-3), Minnesota (6-1), and Notre Dame (4-3).
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament at 16 first- and second-round sites (four teams at each site) and the finals site (16-team bracket) to determine the national champion. The matches shall be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.
2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
Waco, Texas - Baylor Tennis Center
Saturday, May 15
Rice vs. Washington at 9 a.m. CT
(7) Baylor vs. Oral Roberts at 12 p.m. CT
Sunday, May 16
Saturday winners at 2 p.m. CT