May 3, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The NCAA selection committee announced Thursday that the No. 38-ranked Arizona men's tennis team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Cats will travel to Athens, Ga. to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first round . The University of Georgia is the host institution for the tournament.
"The team has worked hard to get where we are and to earn a spot in the championship field, said assistant head coach Bob Helmig. We are excited about playing outside of the West and the unexpected."
The Cats were paced this season by wins over tourney participants, No. 16 UC-Berkeley, 4-3, and 18th-ranked Washington, 4-3. UA began the season winning nine of its first 12 contests to help secure a spot in the postseason.
The No. 27 Yellow Jackets (16-6, 6-2) hail from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech's singles lineup is comprised of a senior, three sophomores and two freshmen. Sophomores Roger Anderson and David Wright anchor the doubles lineup with 15 victories and a No. 45 ranking.
Rounding out the four-team regional will be No. 58 Furman Paladins (19-9) and the second ranked Georgia Bulldogs (22-1). The Paladins won the Southern Conference tournament to earn an automatic bid to the tournament. The Bulldogs captured the Southeastern Conference tournament title to secure their 18th straight appearance in the field of 64.
Arizona sports a 2-8 record against this year's championship field. UA has never faced any of the three teams in the regional.
The Cats will face off against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m. EDT.