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May 3, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s tennis team earned a selection to the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will travel to a regional in Durham, N.C, next weekend. The Cavaliers will play Alabama in a first round match, while host Duke plays Winthrop in the regional’s other first-round match-up.

The Cavaliers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003, when they topped Ohio State in the first round before falling to Tennessee in the second round.

This season, Virginia has a 13-9 record and a current No. 26 national ranking. Alabama is 11-11 on the season and has a No. 35 national ranking. Duke is the tournament’s No. 8 seed after a 17-7 season. Winthrop received an automatic bid after winning the Big South Conference tournament.

“We are so happy and proud to be in the tournament,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “It is a great tribute to the kids and all of the hard work and willingness to listen, communicate and develop, both individually and as a team. I think we are fortunate to represent the University of Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, which is something we should accomplish with this program due to all the support we receive from the University. We intend and hope to work harder than ever before to have a good performance in this regional.”

The first round matches will be played on Friday, May 12 with the second round match on Saturday, May 13. Match times will be announced later.

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