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May 3, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Top-ranked Virginia is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship for the fourth straight year and will be one of nine Atlantic Coast Conference teams competing for the national title when play begins on Friday, May 13.
No. 11-seeded Duke, No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 16 North Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Florida State also earned spots, tying the ACC with the Southeastern Conference for the most teams in the 2011 field announced early Tuesday evening.
Duke and Georgia Tech will join the Cavaliers in hosting the first and second rounds. This marks the seventh straight year that at least seven ACC teams have been selected for the NCAA men's tennis field. Seven teams were also chosen in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and a league-record 10 teams received berths in 2007.
Tuesday's selections proved historic for both Virginia and Maryland.
Virginia is the first school to be the top seed in four straight tournaments since USC in 1991-94. The nation's only undefeated team this season, Virginia won its fourth consecutive ITA National Team Indoor Championship and its fifth consecutive ACC Championship. It marks the eighth consecutive year that Virginia has received a seed and hosted a regional. The Cavaliers are the only team to be a top eight seed in the tournament in each of the past eight seasons.
Maryland, meanwhile, earned a spot in the NCAA field for the first time since the tournament went to a single-elimination tournament format in 1978. The 64-team NCAA Tournament opens the weekend of May 13-15 with the first two rounds. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held at Stanford University from May 19-24.
The individual singles and doubles championships will also be held at Stanford following the NCAA Team Championships. That competition is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 25 and continue until champions are determined on Monday, May 30. Individuals selected to compete in those championships will be announced Wednesday evening.
Virginia (29-0) will open play at home against Sacred Heart (16-7). The Cavaliers could potentially face a second-round date with Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons (13-11) were also placed in Charlottesville, Va., and will face VCU (22-6) in their opening-round match.
At Duke, the host Blue Devils (20-9) will meet George Washington (15-8) in the first round. The Blue Devils and Maryland could meet in the second round, as the Terps (12-12) will also open play in Durham, N.C., and will face Michigan (13-10). In Atlanta, Georgia Tech (19-5) will open its NCAA bid against Middle Tennessee State (13-12), while Florida State (9-14) faces Mississippi State (13-8). Those winners will meet in the second round.
Other first-round action finds North Carolina (15-7) meeting Eastern Kentucky (21-4) at Champaign, Ill; Virginia Tech (14-11) vs. Vanderbilit (13-10) at Knoxville, Tenn.; and Miami (14-8) meeting Nebraska (15-12) at Gainesville, Fla.
Miami is appearing for the 26th time in the NCAA Tournament, while Duke is making its 20th straight appearance and 21st overall. North Carolina will be appearing for the 12th straight year (21st overall), while Wake Forest will be making its 11th straight trip (12th overall) and Florida State its ninth (12th overall). Virginia Tech it's appearing for the fifth straight time (11th overall). Georgia Tech is making its second straight NCAA appearance but its 14th overall.