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Washington Back In NCAA Tourney, Baylor Up First

May 2, 2022

SEATTLE – Selection Monday arrived for the NCAA's top women's tennis teams, and Washington saw its name posted this afternoon from a team gathering in the Conibear Shellhouse. The Huskies are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2019 and will be headed to College Station, Texas, to take on Baylor in the first round of the championships this Friday.
 
Washington (14-11) was scheduled to face the Baylor Bears (15-8) earlier this year, but when UW qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, that trip was canceled. Now the NCAA tourney has given cause for a rematch between the teams, who met last year in Seattle with a 4-3 decision going to Baylor.
 
Texas A&M is the host of the opening round quadrant as the Aggies (30-1) are the No. 7 overall seed. The Aggies will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first round on Friday, with the winner of that match playing the winner of the Washington-Baylor match for a spot in super regionals. First serve for the Huskies and Bears will be 8 a.m. Pacific time.
 
The super-regional winners advance to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Illinois, where the eight teams will compete for the national championship May 20-22. The event will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
This will be the third trip to the NCAA Championships for the Huskies under Head Coach Robin Stephenson. Washington's last trip in 2019 resulted in a run to the round of 16. It is the 16th NCAA Championship appearance all-time for the Dawgs.
 
"It's a new start to the season and we're excited to compete again," said Stephenson. "We'll see some different teams. It's fun we get to actually play the match with Baylor that we originally had on the schedule. We haven't been to Texas A&M with this group so it's an exciting opportunity for us."