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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s tennis team received an at-large berth to the 2010 NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round action at the Snyder Tennis Center for the first time in the program’s history. The Cavaliers will play Princeton in a first round match on Friday, May 14, while No. 10 seed Duke plays Long Island in the other first round match in Charlottesville.

The selection is Virginia’s fourth in the past five years. In 2006, 2007 and 2009 the Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2006, Virginia defeated Alabama in the first round at Duke before falling to the Blue Devils in the second round. In 2007, the Cavaliers topped VCU in the first round at Clemson before falling to the Tigers in the second round. Last year, Virginia downed VCU in the first round at Duke before falling to the Blue Devils, the eventual NCAA Champion.

The Cavaliers are 14-9 this season and are ranked No. 27 nationally. Duke received the tournament’s No. 10 seed after a 19-7 season. Princeton is the Ivy League Champion and has a 20-5 overall record, while Long Island (15-3) won the Northeast Conference.

The first round match against Princeton also welcomes a former Cavalier player back to Charlottesville. The Tigers’ assistant coach is Amanda Rales, who played at Virginia from 2006-09.

Times for the regional will be announced on Wednesday. The women’s regional will be Friday-Saturday (May 14-15), and the Virginia men will host their regional on Saturday-Sunday (May 15-16).

NCAA First Round – Friday, May 14
Duke (19-7) vs. Long Island (15-3)
Virginia (14-9) vs. Princeton (20-5)

NCAA Second Round – Saturday, May 15
First round winners

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