May 2, 2017
THE FLATS — Georgia Tech men’s tennis heads to the NCAA tournament for the third-straight year as announced on Tuesday evening by the NCAA. The Jackets (17-7, 8-4 ACC) will play in Gainesville, Fla. against Minnesota in the opening round of the draw on May 12.
“With the depth of college tennis, I never want to undervalue the accomplishment of making the NCAA tournament three years in a row,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “Credit to our student-athletes for doing this but know they aren’t satisfied with just being in the tournament. We are looking forward to playing Minnesota, a team we never come across in the regular season. We are finishing up final exams week and are preparing for the tournament.”
The Yellow Jackets were selected to the field of 64 for the third-consecutive year, and the 13th time under Thorne’s tutelage. Last season Tech advanced to the round of 32, falling to No. 11 Southern California.
The Jackets face Minnesota in the opening round on May 12. Also in the Jackets’ region is Florida Gulf Coast and host No.15-seeded Florida. The winner of the regional will advance to play at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. from May 18-29.
The team is having its best season since 2011, going 10 games above .500 with a 17-7 record overall and an 8-4 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Jackets earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 ACC Championship, falling to No. 1 Wake Forest in the semifinals. Tech entered the national rankings in February following the ITA Kickoff weekend, climbing as high as No. 12 during the season.
The NCAA singles and doubles selection announcement will be announced on Wednesday, May 3 on NCAA.com.