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Women’s Tennis Earns NCAA Bid

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis will make its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this season after receiving an at-large selection to the field of 64 teams Monday night. The Yellow Jackets will travel to Auburn, Ala., for first and second round action this weekend.

No. 34 Georgia Tech (14-10, 8-5 ACC) will open the tournament against No. 53 Memphis (20-6, 5-1 American) on Friday at 11 a.m. EST. The winner will face either host No. 14 Auburn (20-5, 11-2 SEC) or Jackson State (17-6, 9-0 SWAC) in the second round on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. All action will take place at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Georgia Tech enters the tournament with a 14-10 overall record after advancing to the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship. The Jackets blanked Boston College, 4-0, to reach the quarterfinals against Miami. Last season, Tech reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history after hosting first and second rounds. The Jackets cruised to decisions over Georgia Southern and North Florida to meet UCLA in the round of 16.

Memphis won the American Athletic Conference title for the first time in program history after edging third-seeded Tulsa in the championship match. The Tigers have won seven of their past eight matches. Tech and Memphis have met four times in program history with the Jackets taking all four matches.

Auburn will play host this weekend after falling to Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The second-seeded Tigers played a nearly four-hour battle against the Lady Vols for a spot in the semifinals. Georgia Tech met Auburn in regular season action earlier this season on Feb. 4 with the Tigers taking a 5-2 decision.

Auburn will face the SWAC Tournament Champions, Jackson State in the first round. The Lady Tigers won their third SWAC Championship in program history and first since 2005 in April, defeating Prairie View A&M, 4-0.

First- and second-round competition takes place May 6-8 at select campuses and each regional features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner at each site advances to super-regional competition May 13 or 14. The super-regional winners will advance to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Ill., where the eight teams will compete for the national championship May 20-22.

The NCAA singles and doubles selection announcement will be announced on Tuesday, May 3 on NCAA.com.

 

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