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May 4, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Top-ranked Virginia is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Tennis Championship for the third straight year and will be one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams competing for the national title when play begins on Friday, May 14.
No. 16 Duke will join the Cavaliers in hosting the first and second rounds. Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Florida State are also part of the 64-team field.
This marks the seventh straight year that at least seven teams have been selected for the NCAA men's tennis field. Seven teams were also chosen in 2008 and 2009, and a league-record 10 teams received berths in 2007.
The 64-team NCAA Tournament opens the weekend of May 14-16, with the top 16 seeds serving as hosts for the first two rounds. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia's Dan MacGill Tennis Complex from May 20-25.
The individual singles and doubles championships will also be held at the University of Georgia following the NCAA Team Championships. That competition is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 26, and continue until champions are determined on Monday, May 31. Individuals selected to compete in those championships will be announced Wednesday evening.
Virginia (35-1), which has already set a school record for wins in a season, will meet Navy (16-13) in the first round for the second year in a row. Wake Forest (15-9) will meet Columbia (16-4) in the other first-round match at Charlottesville, Va., with the winners to meet in the second round.
Duke (18-8) opens play at home against Virginia Commonwealth (14-11), while North Carolina (17-6) will make the short drive to Durham, N.C., for its first-round match against Nebraska (13-12). The winners will meet in the second round, setting up another potential matchup of ACC teams.
Georgia Tech (17-7) will open play against Binghamton (25-1) at Lexington, Ky. That winner will face the winner of the match between host Kentucky and Cleveland State.
Florida State (14-9) makes a trip to Athens, Ga., to face Boise State (19-11). That winner will face host Georgia or UNC Greensboro in round two.
Virginia Tech (15-7) travels to Louisville, Ky., to take on Vanderbilt (13-10). The second round of that bracket places that winner against the winner of the first-round match between host Louisville and Eastern Kentucky.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Virginia has received a seed and hosted a regional. Virginia is the only school to be a top-eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past seven seasons. In each of the past six year, the Cavaliers won first- and second-round matches at home to advance as one of 16 regional winners to the NCAA Championships.
Duke is making its 19th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. North Carolina will be appearing for the 11th straight year, while Wake Forest will be making its 10th straight trip and Florida State its eighth.
Virginia Tech it's appearing for the fourth time. Georgia Tech is making its first NCAA appearance since 2007 but its 13th overall.