COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team received a school-record No. 3 seed in the 64-team NCAA Tennis Championship bracket and will host first and second rounds May 11-12 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, the NCAA announced today.
The Aggies (21-3), who are making their 14th consecutive and 19th overall appearance in the tournament, open against Southern (10-9) on Saturday, May 11 at noon. The match follows a first-round meeting between TCU (17-6) and North Texas (18-5) to be played at 9 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
First round winners will meet in the second round to be played Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The second-round winner advances to the round of 16 and the final championship site to be played at the University of Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
"Selection shows, signing days and drafts are excellent forums for excitement, hype and analysis,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said, “but in reality the matches are determined by how well one ultimately performs in competition. Our ladies hopefully understand this and will be ready to go against Southern or TCU or North Texas. Any team in the field has made winning a habit and I expect tough competition from whomever we face."
NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
(Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas)
Saturday, May 11
TCU (17-6) vs. North Texas (18-5), 9 a.m.
No. 3 Texas A&M (21-3) vs. Southern (10-9), 12 p.m.
Sunday, May 12
TCU/North Texas winner vs. No. 3 Texas A&M/Southern winner, 1 p.m.
Tickets to the first and second-round matches can be purchased in advance at 12thManFoundation.com or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will be available for purchase on match days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.
Prices are as follows, with the all-session ticket also allowing entry to the men’s tennis first and second round matches to be played Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 at the Mitchell Tennis Center:
$12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)
$7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club)
$5 Single Day General Admission
$3 Single Day Students/Youth
Free for children under age two
Texas A&M is 15-3 against the tournament field, including a 4-3 victory over two-time defending national champion Florida which helped catapult the Aggies to the SEC regular season title along with the Gators and Georgia…Nine teams represent the SEC in the 64-team field, including four top-10 seeded teams: Florida (1), Texas A&M (3), Georgia (4) and Alabama (9)…Last year A&M defeated LSU, 4-1, in the first round in Ann Arbor, Mich., and then fell to host and 15th-seeded Michigan, 4-3, in the second round…A&M, 12-18 all-time in NCAA tournament play, had it best postseason finish in 2004, advancing to the Round of 16…A&M’s only other previous meeting against Southern was in the first round of the 2004 NCAA tournament in College Station. The Aggies defeated the Jaguars, 4-0, en route to reaching the round of 16…A&M defeated North Texas, 4-1, in the first round of the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend and the Aggies’ season opener…. The NCAA Individual Championship participants (singles and doubles) will be posted at NCAA.com, Wednesday, May 1 no later than 5 p.m.
For more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis, including the historical 2013 Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Fact Book, visit AggieAthletics.com,. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654