WOMEN’S TENNIS: UGA Opens NCAA Championships with Charleston Southern

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WOMEN’S TENNIS: UGA Opens NCAA Championships with Charleston Southern

Georgia players get pumped up during an SEC tennis match between the University of Georgia and the University of Mississippi on Friday, April 3, 2015 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Georgia women’s tennis team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming 2015 NCAA Championships and will play host to the first and second rounds at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex from May 9-10, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.
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The Bulldogs (20-6) will be making their 29th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and are 70-26 all-time in the competition, including 10 trips to the semifinals and national titles in 1994 and 2000. Last year, Georgia advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the fourth straight season.

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The Bulldogs will begin this year’s quest with a first round match against Charleston Southern at noon on Saturday. The Buccaneers compiled an 18-2 record over the course of the season and defeated Coastal Carolina to win this year’s Big South Championship. This will be the first ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Buccaneers.

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The other first round matchup will feature No. 23 Duke and No. 38 Purdue. They will play at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the winner advancing to face the winner of the Georgia vs. Charleston Southern match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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The winner of the Athens Regional will advance from the second round to the Sweet 16 hosted by Baylor in Waco, Texas, from May 14-25. The singles and doubles draws for the NCAA’s individual tournaments will be posted on NCAA.com on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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“We’ve got a great weekend in-store with Charleston Southern, Duke, and Purdue coming to town,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “They are three great programs that have had good years. It’s a super-exciting time of the year for everybody, and for us to be hosting, to be a high seed, and to have this opportunity in front of us with the year that we’ve had, we’re really fired up.”

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The eighth-seeded Georgia men’s tennis team will also be playing host to the NCAA first and second rounds, beginning with a Friday showdown against Winthrop at 2 p.m. Florida State and Troy are the other two teams in the Athens Regional and will play their first round match at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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Live scoring will be available for all matches on Georgiadogs.com, and those interested in the Georgia matches can follow along via the live chat that is also offered on Georgiadogs.com. Daily tickets to the NCAA first and second rounds can be purchased at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex up to one hour before the start of each match day. Prices are $5 general admission and $3 general admission for seniors, youth, and students with valid ID cards (per day).

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SCHEDULE OF PLAY (ALL TIMES EASTERN)

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Friday, May 8, Round 1 (M)

MATCH 1 (MEN): 11:00 a.m. – Florida State vs. Troy

MATCH 2 (MEN): 2:00 p.m. – Georgia vs. Winthrop

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Saturday, May 9, Round 1 (W), Round 2 (M)

MATCH 3 (WOMEN): 9:00 a.m. – Duke vs. Purdue

MATCH 4 (WOMEN): 12:00 p.m. – Georgia vs. Charleston Southern

MATCH 5 (MEN): 3:00 p.m. – Winners of Matches 1 and 2

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Sunday, May 10, Round 2 (W)

MATCH 6 (WOMEN): 1:00 p.m. – Winners of Matches 3 and 4

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.