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No. 6 Jackets Host Tennessee, Penn, SE Louisiana in NCAA Atlanta Regional

May 3, 2006

ATLANTA – The sixth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team earned an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Championships and will serve as a host site for first and second-round action May 12-13, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech (21-5), the number six national seed, will face Southeastern Louisiana (22-3), while Tennessee (12-12) takes on Pennsylvania (12-5) in the first round, slated for Friday, May 12 at the Bill Moore Tennis Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. The winners of Friday’s matches will square off in the second round on May 13th for a slot in the Sweet-16, which will be held at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif. from May 18-21. Following the team tournament, the singles and doubles championships will also be held at Stanford from May 22-28.

Match times for the 2006 first and second rounds have been set, with the first match on Friday (1st Round) to begin at 11 a.m., with the second to follow at 2 p.m. Saturday’s second-round match is scheduled for 12 noon. Tickets will be $5 daily for adults and $3 for students and children.

REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, May 12

Match 1: Georgia Tech (21-5) vs. Southeastern La. (22-3), 11 a.m.

Match 2: Tennessee (12-12) vs. Pennsylvania (12-5), 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 13

Match 3: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 12 noon

TICKETS

Single Day, Adult — $5

Single Day, Student — $3

Single Day, Child — $3

All tickets will be sold at the gate, which will open one hour prior to the first match on Friday. Fans may also call 1-888-TECH-TIX for details or consult the website.

“It is quite an honor for us to host, and I’m so proud of our team and the season that we have had so far,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “We still have our work cut out for us, with tough teams in Tennessee, Penn and Southeastern Louisiana coming in. We are looking no further than Southeastern Louisiana, however, as they enter with a great record. We’re excited about the opportunity that we’ve been given in hosting and we’re hoping that the stands are full of white and gold, cheering on the Yellow Jackets.”

With the 2006 bid, Georgia Tech will be making its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships after never earning a bid prior to 2000. The Yellow Jackets are 6-6 all-time in the NCAA’s, and have advanced to the second round in five of six appearances in the postseason tournament, including their best showing, a Sweet-16 berth, in 2005.

A season ago, the Yellow Jackets hosted the first and second rounds at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, where they defeated both Winthrop and Pepperdine, 4-0, before falling in a tough 4-3 match to eventual national runner-up Texas in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

The Yellow Jackets earned an automatic bid for the second time in the history of the program by earning its second-straight ACC Championship almost two weeks ago with a 4-1 win over Miami in the championship match.

Defending NCAA Champion Stanford (24-0) is the top seed this year as the Cardinal own a 79-match win streak dating back to the 2004 season. Notre Dame (24-1) is the No. 2 seed. Following the Stanford and Notre Dame in the top-16 seeding are (in order): Southern Cal, Florida, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Duke, North Carolina, California, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, Virginia Commonwealth, Clemson and TCU.

Along with Georgia Tech, 2006 NCAA Regionals will also be hosted by each of the top-16 seeds. The 16 regional winners advance to the NCAA Sweet 16, May 18-22 at Stanford.

The Yellow Jackets are one of nine Atlantic Coast Conference teams to earn bids to this year’s NCAA Championships, while eight men’s ACC teams earned a postseason nod.

The fields for the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be released on Thursday at www.ncaasports.com by 6 p.m. ET.

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 2006 NCAA Regional at Georgia Tech is free of charge and is available first-come, first-served, in the following areas: Alexander Memorial Coliseum (Large lot between coliseum and interstate off 10th Street) O’Keefe Parking Lot (6th Street off Fowler Street) and along Fowler Street (off 10th Street). Note: There will no available parking on 8th Street, as this area will be reserved for teams, travel parties and tournament personnel. The 12th-14th weekend of May will also be a busy one on campus, as Georgia Tech is hosting a home baseball series and track meet, along with an AAU Basketball Tournament at the Coliseum.

DIRECTIONS TO BILL MOORE TENNIS CENTER AND RECOMMENDED PARKING

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

From North of Atlanta:

Traveling south on I-75 or I-85, exit at 17th Street/14th Street/10th Street. Continue to 10th Street and turn right (west) on 10th Street. At the first light, turn left onto Fowler Street.

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.

To reach O’Keefe Lot: From Fowler Street, turn left onto 6th Street. Entrance to O’Keefe Lot is on the left.

From South of Atlanta/Airport/Downtown:

Traveling North on I-75 or I-85, exit at 10th Street/14th Street and turn left onto 10th Street. Cross the interstate, and at the second traffic light, turn left onto Fowler Street.

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.

To reach O’Keefe Lot: From Fowler Street, turn left onto 6th Street. Entrance to O’Keefe Lot is on the left.

From East or West of Atlanta:

Take I-20 East or West to Atlanta. From I’20, go North on I-75/I-85. Exit at 10th Street/14th Street and turn left onto 10th Street. Cross the interstate, and at the second traffic light, turn left onto Fowler Street.

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.

To reach O’Keefe Lot: From Fowler Street, turn left onto 6th Street. Entrance to O’Keefe Lot is on the left.

FOR A COMPLETE COPY OF THE 2006 NCAA WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET, PLEASE CLICK: NCAA Women’s Tennis Bracket

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