Gator Tennis Teams Learn NCAA Tourney Fate
The University of Florida was one of 16 schools selected to play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Committee announced Tuesday afternoon
from Indianapolis.Â The event will run May 12 and 13 at UF's Linder Stadium at Ring TennisÂ Complex. The Gators will host two first round matches on Saturday, May 12 and a second round contest on Sunday, May 13. The winners of each of the regionals advance to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond. This season, the University of Georgia plays host to the combined men's and women's tournament from the Round of 16 through the championship.
Â The women's Round of 16 begins on Friday, May 18.Â The Gators, rankedÂ #4 in the country with a 21-2 overall record, received the No. 4 seed in the 64-team draw. Florida faces Jacksonville University (19-3) in its NCAA First Round contest on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The other NCAA Women's First Round match played in
Gainesville features Florida International (19-4) versus South Florida
(15-7). That match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Thewinning teams from those first round matches meet in the Second Round onÂ Sunday at 1 p.m. UF has hosted First and Second round matches every year since the NCAA Women's Championships expanded its field to 64 teams in 1999.
The #19 University of Florida men's tennis team will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to open the 2007 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship as the Gators will take on No. 46 Georgia Tech (7-15) in the first round on Friday, May 11, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon. The winner of the contest will face either No. 16 Florida State (16-9) or Manhattan (12-6) in the second round on Saturday, May 12.
The match for Florida and Georgia Tech is set for 1 p.m. on May 11 and follows the Florida State-Manhattan match, which begins at 10 a.m. The time for the second round match is to be announced.
Â Sixteen teams were selected to host the NCAA First and Second rounds at on campus sites around the country. The winners of each of the regionals advance to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond. This season, the University of Georgia will host the men's tournament from the Round of 16 through the championship with action getting underway on Thursday, May 17.
Â The season marks the 17th consecutive year that UF has received an NCAA Tournament bid. Last year, UF advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the fifth-straight season and the 13th time in the last 16 years.
The announcement of the participants for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be held on Wednesday, May 2, with the names of the individuals posted to the NCAA web site (www.ncaasports.com).
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