COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 12, 2011) â€" After three long weeks off from competition, the No-55 ranked ETSU menâ€™s tennis team returns to action on Friday morning for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 33 Notre Dame at the Stickney Tennis Center on the campus of Ohio State University. The match will take place at 10 a.m.
ETSU, who is making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, enters the match with a 17-6 overall record after taking home the Atlantic Sun Conference title a few weeks ago. The Bucs have had some recent success in NCAA Tournament competition after defeating No. 32-ranked Alabama just a year ago in the opening round. ETSU was defeated by host and eventual national runner-up Tennessee in the second round.
The Bucs are facing Notre Dame in the opening round for the second time in the last three years. Strangely enough, ETSU earned its first ever NCAA victory in 2008 after defeating the Fighting Irish in the Columbus, Ohio Regional.
Ohio State is serving as the host site and will play Ball State in the other first round match. The winners will then face each other the following day for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship round of 16. The winners of the two opening-round contests will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday for a chance to move on to the Round of 16 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif. The University of Stanford will serve as the event's hosts.
A link to live stats will be available at the Tournament Central Page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A look at the 64-team field, along with singles and doubles brackets of the 2011 NCAA Championships are available at www.NCAAsports.com.
Tickets for the first and second rounds in Columbus are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children two and under are admitted free. The ticket booth will be located at the entrance gate at Stickney Tennis Center.
For the 12th consecutive year, the NCAA men's tennis championship features a field of 64 teams, consisting of 31 automatic-qualifying conference champions and 33 at-large selections. The first and second rounds will take place on May 13-15 at 16 campus sites. The winner of the second-round matches at each site will advance to Palo Alto, Calif., as Stanford University will play host to the final four rounds of the team tournament as well as the national championship draws for singles and doubles play from May 19-24.
For more information on ETSU menâ€™s tennis please go to ETSUBucs.com and click on the menâ€™s tennis link. Also, be sure to follow ETSU Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.
2011 NCAA Championship
Stickney Tennis Center â€" Columbus, Ohio
First Round â€" May 13
Match 1 â€" 10:00 a.m. (ET)
Notre Dame (17-11) vs. East Tennessee State (17-6)
Match 2 â€" 1:00 p.m.
Ohio State (30-2) vs. Ball State (15-14)
Second Round â€" May 14
Match 3 â€" 1:00 p.m.
Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner