Yellow Jackets Awarded No. 9 National Seed; Hosts 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Atlanta Regional (Updated 4/29/09)

April 28, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament Bracket

ATLANTA – The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will serve as a host team for first- and second-round action in the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships after receiving an at-large bid, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (16-7), the No. 9 national seed, will face Jackson State (13-7) at 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, while Mississippi (14-9) meets Denver (16-5) at 10 a.m. in the first round at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The winners of Friday’s matches will square off at 1 p.m. Saturday in the second round for a slot in the NCAA Round of 16, which will be held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas May 14-19. At the conclusion of the team championships, singles and doubles championships will also be held at Texas A&M May 20-25.

“It is an honor to be able to host this event and not travel across the country,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “It is something we have grown accustomed too the last couple years. The hard work we have put in has allowed us be in a position to host this regional.

“I am sure all of these teams have been very successful this year. We don’t know much about Jackson State but we will prepare very well for them. Ole’ Miss has been very successful in their conference and had finished strong. Denver has also been a quality program.”

ATLANTA REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, May 8
Match 1: Mississippi (14-9) vs. Denver (16-5), 10 a.m.
Match 2: Georgia Tech (19-5) vs. Jackson State (13-7), 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
Match 3: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 1 p.m.

TICKETS
Single Day, Adult — $5
Single Day, Student — $3
Single Day, Child — $3

All tickets will be sold at the gate, which opens at 9 a.m. Friday and 12 noon Saturday. Fans may also call 1-888-TECH-TIX for details.

With the 2009 bid, Georgia Tech will be making its 10th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships after never earning a bid prior to 2000. The Yellow Jackets are 17-8 all-time in NCAA competition, and have advanced to the second round in eight of nine appearances in the postseason tournament, including an Elite Eight finish last season and winning the national title in 2007.

The Yellow Jackets have hosted a regional in each of the last four seasons, posting wins over Winthrop and Pepperdine in 2005, Southeastern Louisiana and Pennsylvania in 2006, Furman and Kentucky in 2007 and Alcorn State and Tennessee last year.

The Yellow Jackets received their seventh at-large bid to the tournament. The Yellow Jackets are one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams to earn bids to this year’s NCAA Championships.

Each of the top 16 seeds hosts a first- and second-round tournament.

Participants in the 64-player singles championship and 32-team doubles championship bracket will be announced and posted on Wednesday, April 29 before 6 p.m. (ET) at www.NCAA.org.

ENTERING THE NCAA REGIONAL
Fans are directed to enter at the outer gate between the upper and lower tennis courts along Fowler Street, as there will be NO public access through the Indoor Tennis Center.

RECOMMENDED PARKING
Parking for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Atlanta Regional and available first-come, first-served, in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum lot (Large area between coliseum and interstate off 10th Street) Friday and the Alexander Memorial Coliseum lot and along Fowler Street (off 10th Street) Saturday.

DIRECTIONS TO BILL MOORE TENNIS CENTER

The Bill Moore Tennis Center is located on the campus of Georgia Tech at the corner of 10th Street and Fowler Street.

From North, Traveling South on I-75:

Exit at Northside Drive (exit 252). Turn right on Northside Drive. Turn left on 10th Street. Turn right on Fowler Street.

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From North, Traveling South on I-85:

Exit at 17th Street (exit 84). Turn right on 17th Street. Turn left on Northside Drive. Turn left on 10th Street. Turn right on Fowler Street.

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From South, Traveling North on I-75/I-85:

Exit at 10th Street. Turn left on 10th Street Turn left on Fowler Street.

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From East or West of Atlanta:

Take I-20 East or West to Atlanta. Go North on I-75/I-85. Exit at 10th Street. Turn left on 10th Street. Turn left on Fowler Street.

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To reach Bill Moore Tennis Center: Tennis center is immediately on the right.

To reach AMC Lot: From Fowler Street, turn left onto 8th Street and proceed to AMC Lot.

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