ETSU tennis teams prepare for NCAA First Round match-ups

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ETSU one of just 37 schools nationwide to send both men's and women's teams to NCAA Tennis Championships

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 29, 2014) - At a special viewing party Tuesday inside the D.P. Culp University Center, the ETSU men's and women's tennis teams learned their opponents for the upcoming NCAA Tennis Championships.

The women's squad will take on fourth-seeded Duke in Durham, N.C., Friday, May 9, while the men's team will stay in state, taking on sixteenth-seeded Columbia in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, May 10.

Both ETSU tennis teams enjoyed immense success this season, with both squads earning Atlantic Sun Championships and helping ETSU emerge as one of the elite dual-programs in the nation. ETSU is one of just 37 teams in the country to send both men's and women's tennis teams to the NCAA Championships.

MEN'S PRIMER

ETSU vs. Columbia - May 10 - Nashville, Tenn.

The 65th-ranked ETSU men's tennis team will be making its eighth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and 12th overall appearance. The Bucs (14-8) finished the regular season with 11 consecutive wins en route to winning the program's eighth consecutive Atlantic Sun Championship title.

The winner of the Bucs' (14-8) match-up with No. 18 Columbia will take on the winner of host No. 20 Vanderbilt and No. 40 Virginia Tech for a trip to the Round of Sixteen the following weekend in Athens, Ga.

Columbia went unbeaten in Ivy League play this season en route to winning the Ivy League Championship and clinching a spot in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. The Lions (20-1), who are currently riding an 18-match win streak, will be making their ninth NCAA Championship appearance and first since 2012.

ETSU has twice picked up first-round wins in the NCAA Championship, beating No. 26 Notre Dame in 2008 and No. 32 Alabama in 2010.

View the complete NCAA Men's Tennis Championship bracket here.

WOMEN'S PRIMER

ETSU vs. Duke - May 9 - Durham, N.C.

The Bucs (14-8), winners of 11 of their last 12 matches, clinched a berth in the NCAA Championship after beating Stetson, 4-0, in the final of the Atlantic Sun Women's Championship. ETSU has now won an A-Sun title twice in the past four seasons, and four times overall.

Sixth-ranked Duke, a winner of 16 of its last 19 matches, will enjoy home-court advantage during the first weekend of postseason play. The Blue Devils (24-4) finished runner-up to No. 7 Virginia in the ACC Championship Tournament en route to clinching the program's 25th consecutive NCAA Championship bid.

View the complete NCAA Women's Tennis Championship bracket here.

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