Women's Tennis Faces Florida State in First-Ever NCAA Tournament
April 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Memphis women's tennis team will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Tigers learned this afternoon when the NCAA unveiled the field of 64 teams.
Memphis enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, and will face No. 2 Florida State (16-9) on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. CT at the University of Alabama's Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. No. 1 seed Alabama (19-5) is the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament, and will take on Southland Conference champion Northwestern State (14-7) in the first round on Friday at 1 p.m.
Memphis and Florida State are two of the 33 teams receiving an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The seventh-seeded Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship with upset wins over No. 2 seed Clemson, 4-3, and No. 3 seed Virginia, 4-3, before falling to No. 4 seed Miami (Fla.), 4-1, in the finals. The Seminoles came in at No. 30 in the ITA rankings last week.
Memphis, ranked No. 34 in the ITA's latest poll, posted a 17-6 record this season with five wins over ranked opponents, including victories over top-25 Virginia and Notre Dame. The Lady Tigers made their second-straight appearance in the Conference USA semifinals before falling to No. 24 Tulsa, 4-3, on Apr. 20 in Houston, Texas. Florida State is 2-0 all-time over Memphis with those matches being played in 1985 and 1987.
The winner from the first round matches in Tuscaloosa will face each other Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. CT for a chance to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 on May 17 in Urbana, Ill.