TU Set To Meet Stephen F. Austin In NCAA First Round
May 1, 2012
NCAA Interactive Bracket INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 25-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team will face No. 46 Stephen F. Austin May 11 in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis First Round, it was announced by the NCAA Selection Committee during Tuesday's selection show.
The Conference USA champion Golden Hurricane (22-3) will travel to Waco, Texas, for the Baylor Regional. This will be the third time in the last five years (2008, 2010) TU will play in the Lady Bears' regional.
Each of the last two trips to Waco have resulted in Tulsa advancing to the second round. Competition will be held at Hurd Tennis Center May 11-12 with times to be announced later.
The Ladyjacks (23-4) are having a banner season, as they already own a school-record 23 victories. They recently won their first Southland Conference championship, and they will also be making the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 12-ranked Lady Bears (23-7) fell in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship to No. 19 Texas A&M. BU earned the region's top seed and will host Summit League champion Oral Roberts (13-5).
"We're extremely excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight year," Tulsa Head Coach Dean Orford said. "It's another tough draw for us with Stephen F. Austin. They are an up-and-coming program and I know the coach very well. They have done some great things this year so it will be a tough first round matchup. We've gone down to Waco numerous times, so the environment will be nothing new to us."
Tulsa traveled to Michigan in the NCAA Tourney last season and defeated Nebraska in the opening round before bowing out to the Wolverines in the second round.
Orford is 0-2 all-time against Baylor and 14-0 against Oral Roberts. He has not faced Stephen F. Austin in his seven years at the helm
Tulsa will carry a 12-match win streak into the first round, and the team will be making its eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in a row.
The winner of each site advances to the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., hosted by the University of Georgia. The team championships will be held May 18-21.