UT men's & women's tennis teams make NCAA Tournament, men to host

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After making a run to the SEC Championship final a week and a half ago, Tennessee learned its NCAA Tournament draw on Monday night.

The Vols (20-7) will stay home for the first two rounds of NCAAs as they host NCAA Regionals for the 11th time in program history and the first time since 2013 on May 3 and 4.

Tennessee's first round opponent will be Radford (17-6) on May 3 at 2 p.m. from Barksdale Stadium. The following day, the winner of that match will face the winner of the first-round matchup between NC State and Middle Tennessee.

The Vols are 1-0 all-time against Radford – winners of the Big South Conference – with the lone match coming back in 2011, a 4-0, win for the Big Orange.

This is UT's 28th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and the second-straight appearance under second-year head coach Chris Woodruff.

"I knew we were going to play here," Woodruff said. "But as far as who was coming I wasn't sure. It's nice to host and it is a credit to the guys who put in all the work. It's been a long tough journey to get back to this building this time of year."

All-time, Tennessee is 44-27 in the tournament and it is 19-1 when playing in Knoxville for Regionals.

The main entrance to Barksdale Stadium is located off Caledonia Avenue. This entrance is for spectators and team guests and is the closest entrance to the tournament spectator parking lot, N12. Ticket sales at this entrance will begin one (1) hour prior to start. Will call is also located at this entrance. A second entrance is also located at the south side of the stadium, off Volunteer Boulevard.


For the 28th time in program history, the Tennessee women's tennis team has been selected to compete in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament, as the Lady Vols are set to compete in the Raleigh regional.

The Lady Vols (19-7) start the 64-team tournament on Saturday with a match against the Southern Conference champion Furman Paladins (26-1) at 1 p.m.

On the other side of the Raleigh regional, host school and No. 12 seed NC State (22-6) will face VCU (18-5). The winners of the two matches face off in the Round of 32 on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner of the four-school region will advance to the Super Regionals.

"It's exciting, there's no doubt about it," head coach Alison Ojeda said. "The girls are excited, and we're ready to play.

"We lost in the SEC Tournament a week and a half ago and since then we've just been waiting to get back on the court. We have a tough match with Furman first, and they're used to winning. I'm excited to have some tough competition in the first round and hopefully advance."

This season's selection marks the third straight season that the Lady Vols have qualified for the NCAA Tournament – all under the direction of Ojeda. Last season, Tennessee fell to Oregon in the first round, 4-2.

Tennessee enters this season's NCAA Tournament coming off of its best season from a regular season wins standpoint since 2003 (19 wins). During a season that also included four top 25 wins, Tennessee won nine SEC matches, more than the previous three seasons combined.

The Lady Vols also concluded the regular season with a 14-3 home record, the most home wins for the program since the 1992 season.

For her efforts during Tennessee's season, Sadie Hammond was named All-SEC Second Team, while Rebeka Mertena was named to the All-Freshman team.