April 29, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The Georgia women's tennis team earned the No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship tournament and will play host to first and second round action at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the NCAA announced Tuesday. It marks the first time in program history that Georgia enters the NCAA Tournament as the top seed.
The Bulldogs (21-4) will be making their 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tennis Championships, ranking fifth nationally in a tie with Florida. Stanford, UCLA and California have the longest active streak at 33. Georgia is 67-25 in the NCAA Championships, including 10 trips to the National Semifinals with national titles in 1994 and 2000.
Georgia will face Elon (15-8) in the first round on Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m. The other first round match, set for Friday at 1 p.m., will feature Arizona (17-5) and Florida State (15-12). The first round winners will meet on Saturday, May 10 at 4pm for the second round.
The Bulldogs have now served a first and second rounds 13 times since the NCAA Tournament went to its current format in 1999, and are 24-0 in those matches.
Georgia is 1-0 all-time against Elon, with their lone matchup ending in a 4-0 Bulldog win in the 2014 season opener. The Bulldogs are 1-0 all-time against Arizona and 8-10 all-time versus Florida State. Georgia has never faced any of these teams in NCAA postseason competition.
"It's really exciting," said head coach Jeff Wallace of the program's first No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed. "I'm really excited for these players who have worked so hard all year and have had a great year. I guess it means that we've had the best regular season of anybody in the country according to a group of people and that's fantastic. We're probably even more excited that we're hosting this tournament here in Athens and that's always a special opportunity and a special time for these young ladies.
"There are 64 great teams that have had great seasons and now we have a regional with some teams that are going to come in and try to knock us out. And that's what it's all about: competition. We'll be working for hard and are looking forward to getting back out there on the courts."
The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships draws will be posted on NCAA.com on Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.
The third-seeded Georgia men's tennis team (16-7) will also play host to the NCAA first and second rounds. Their first match will be played on Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Jacksonville State (17-7). Oregon (17-9) and N.C. State (17-9), the other two teams in the Athens Regional, will play its first round match at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Live scoring and live video streaming will be available for all matches on Georgiadogs.com, and Georgia fans can follow Bulldog matches through the Live Chat offered on Georgiadogs.com. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (college-age with ID and younger). Tickets will go on sale one hour before the first match each day.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY (TIMES EASTERN)
Friday, May 9
MATCH 1 (Women): 1 p.m. - Arizona vs. Florida State
MATCH 2 (Women): 4 p.m. - Georgia vs. Elon
MATCH 3 (Men): 10 a.m. - NC State vs. Oregon
MATCH 4 (Men): 1 p.m. - Georgia vs. Jacksonville State
MATCH 5 (Women): 4 p.m. - Winner Match 1 vs. 2
Sunday, May 11
MATCH 6 (Men): 1 p.m. - Winner Match 3 vs. 4