Women's Tennis to meet Wichita State in first round of NCAA Championship
May 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas has earned a No. 11 national seed and will host NCAA Championship first- and second-round matches on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Horns will host NCAA first- and second-round matches for the first time since 2005, when Texas reached the NCAA title match against Stanford.
Texas will open the NCAA Championship on May 11 at 1 p.m. Central against Missouri Valley Conference champion Wichita State (21-5). Nebraska (23-3), who earned at at-large bid out of the Big 10 Conference, will meet Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas (18-6) on May 11 at 10 a.m. Central. The first-round winners will meet on May 12 at 1 p.m. Central for the right to advance to the NCAA round of 16 at The University of Georgia.
Texas (17-7) earned an automatic bid into the field of 64 by way of its 4-2 victory over host Texas A&M on Sunday (April 29) at the Big 12 Championship. The Longhorns opened the Big 12 Championship in Friday’s quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Oklahoma State, who defeated the Horns just five days earlier. Texas met Big 12 regular season champion Texas Tech in Saturday’s semifinals and claimed a 4-1 win over the top-seeded Lady Raiders.
Texas will make its 30th appearance at the NCAA Championship. A two-time NCAA champion, UT holds a 42-27 overall record in the event. The Longhorns captured NCAA team titles in 1993 and 1995. UT finished as the NCAA runner-up in 1992 and 2005.
Texas defeated South Florida in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Championship before falling to host Miami (Fla.) in the round of 32.
NCAA Championship Schedule
Saturday, May 12
First round winners – 1 p.m. CT
NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION COMMENTS
On the season's progression: We hit a few speed bumps a few weeks ago, but we came back and won the conference tournament with poise. We're right where we want to be right now in the season. We're excited to get going.
Texas senior Krista Damico
On UT being selected as a host site: We haven't hosted in a really long time. It means a lot. We're really excited about it, because we've worked really hard this season for it. The home court advantage means a lot.