May 5, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis team received the No. 6 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round action at the Snyder Tennis Center on May 14-15. The Cavaliers will open with American in the first round, while Mississippi State and Wake Forest will meet in the other first round match.
The Cavaliers (22-3) are currently ranked No. 10 by the ITA after winning their first ACC Championship three weeks ago. The program is making its sixth NCAA appearance, the first since 2001. The team is one of the 16 seeded teams in the tournament for the first time and next week will mark the first time Virginia has hosted NCAA tennis action.
“We are really looking forward to playing in the NCAA regionals,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “I think hosting the first two rounds will be fun and it is a great reward for all the hard work the team has put forth this season. We have three quality teams coming here, so it will be a good challenge for our program and a chance for the people of Charlottesville to see a high level of collegiate tennis.”
American (14-7) won its third consecutive Patriot League title to qualify for the tournament. Mississippi State (8-13) is currently ranked No. 29 in the nation by the ITA, after upsetting Tennessee in the opening round of the SEC Tournament, before falling to eventual conference champion Georgia in the quarterfinals. Wake Forest (11-10) is currently ranked No. 42 in the nation. The Demon Deacons dropped a 4-3 match to the Cavaliers at the Snyder Tennis Center on March 20 in the regular season match.
The winner of the second round match will advance with the winner of the other 15 regionals to the NCAA Championships May 22-25 in Tulsa, Okla.
NCAA Tennis First & Second Rounds – Snyder Tennis Center, Charlottesville, Va.
Friday, May 14
10:00 AM – Virginia vs. American
2:00 PM – Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, May 15
1:00 PM – First Round Winners