AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas menís tennis team will face Rice in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Division I Menís Tennis Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. (Central), Baylor officials announced Thursday. The top-seeded Baylor men will square off in the other Friday first-round match against Prairie View A&M at 6 p.m.
The two winners will meet on Saturday in the round of 32 (second round) at 6 p.m. with Saturdayís winner advancing to the NCAA Championships Round of 16. The NCAA Championship tourney is scheduled for Saturday-Tuesday, May 21-24 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
Baylor, the defending national champion, received the top overall seed in the menís bracket and stands 28-0 entering NCAA action. Virginia (24-2), meanwhile, earned the second seed followed by Ole Miss (21-3) and Florida (20-5).
The Longhorns are making their 14th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships and their 23rd appearance overall. UT holds a 23-22 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play and has made 11 Round of 16 appearances in the last 13 seasons. Texas had its best NCAA run in 1993 when it advanced to the semifinal round before losing to eventual national champion USC.
2005 NCAA Menís Tennis Regional
Baylor Tennis Center, Waco, Texas
First Round: Friday, May 13
3 p.m.: Texas (12-9) vs. Rice (14-8)
6 p.m.: No. 1 seed Baylor (28-0) vs. Prairie View A&M (13-8)
Second Round: Saturday, May 14
6 p.m.: Baylor/Prairie View A&M winner vs. Texas/Rice winner