FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s tennis team received a bid to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row and 15th time in school history Tuesday. The Horned Frogs are a No. 2 seed in the four-team pod in College Station at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center, and will take on North Texas on May 11 at 9 a.m.
A win by TCU would set up a matchup with the winner of the match between No. 1 seed Texas A&M and No. 4 seed Southern. The host Aggies have the No. 3 national seed going into the championships. The second round matchup will take play May 12 at 1 p.m.
“We are excited to be in,” TCU head coach Dave Borelli said. “We are playing at a local site so it is a close trip. It will be an exciting chance to build upon what we have done this season. We have a tough opponent in the first round and we look forward to being in the Championships.”
TCU and North Texas competed against each other in the regular season in Denton. The Horned Frogs earned a 4-2 win at the Waranch Tennis Complex. TCU dropped the doubles point, but was able to claim victories at No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to clinch the team win.
“Since we played UNT at their site it should be better for us at a neutral site,” Borelli noted. “However, they are a very good team and it was a close match the last time we played. Neither team is going to be caught off-guard.”
North Texas, ranked No. 58 in the ITA Rankings, come into the championships with an 18-5 regular season record which included a sweep of the Sun Belt regular season and conference championships. The Mean Green picked up two wins over ranked opponents with scalps of Arizona and Minnesota.
Hosts Texas A&M comes into the NCAA Championships with a 21-3 overall record and a 12-1 record against SEC competition. The Aggies fell in the SEC Championships semifinals to overall No. 1 seed Florida. However, Texas A&M has claimed a win over the Gators this season.
“Texas A&M are one of the two or three best teams in the country,” Borelli said. “What coach (Howard) Joffe has been able to build in such a short time is incredible. They can be a formidable opponent, but our first concern is getting past North Texas. If we are able to do that we will look to formulate a plan for Texas A&M.”
Southern made the NCAA Championships as the SWAC Champions, earning a fourth consecutive conference title with a victory over Alcorn State.
Individual fields for the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be announced Wednesday at 5 p.m.