Women's Tennis Earns NCAA Tournament Selection
INDIANAPOLIS – The UCLA women's tennis team will travel to Stillwater, Okla. for NCAA Division I Championship opening-round action, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced Monday.
With its at-large selection, UCLA has now been chosen to participate in the national year-end tournament each year since the team format was adopted in 1982. Stanford is the only other program that has accomplished that feat.
Play from the Greenwood Tennis Center kicks off Saturday, when the Bruins (12-6) meet Arkansas (16-9), which earned an at-large berth out of the Southeastern Conference, at 11 a.m. PT. Host and at-large pick Oklahoma State (18-5) of the Big 12 Conference takes on Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State (11-15) at 2 p.m. PT. The advancing teams will meet Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.
UCLA has twice taken on Arkansas, earning a pair of wins during the 2008 season. The Bruins defeated the Razorbacks by a 4-3 score in a consolation match at the ITA's indoor tournament (Feb. 8) and earned a shutout in the NCAA Championships quarterfinal round en route to the national title.
The winner of each site advances to super-regional competition May 13 or 14. Each super-regional site will feature two teams playing a single-elimination format. 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.