ACC places seven in NCAA Women's Tennis Championship

May 4, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams will participate in the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship, and six will serve as host schools for the first and second rounds.

No. 2 seed North Carolina, No. 9 Clemson, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 Miami No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 15 Florida State and Virginia are all among the 64-team field announced early Tuesday evening.

"I think, without a doubt, the ACC is the toughest conference in the country this year," said Miami coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "I think it's undeniable, and it's great for every team in this league to have it shown with six teams getting national seeds. This league has great coaches, great student-athletes and great programs. We really beat up on each other during the year, and it only made us better and got us prepared for where we are, as a league, at this point in the season. There is never an easy point, set or match in this league, and the seeding today proved that."

This marks the 11th straight year - and the 12th in the last 13 - that the ACC has placed at least five representatives in the NCAA women's field. Eight ACC teams earned berths in both 2008 and 2009.

The 64-team NCAA Tournament opens the weekend of May 14-15, with the top 16 seeds serving as hosts for the first two rounds on Friday and Saturday. 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 chosen to participate in those tournaments will be announced Wednesday evening.

North Carolina (26-4) will play host to Richmond (8-10) in the opening round, with the winner advancing to face the winner of UNLV-Virginia Commonwealth first-round match at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Florida State (14-10) was placed in UNC's bracket and will play host to North Florida (20-2) in the opening round. The winner earns a second-round match against the TCU-South Carolina winner at Tallahassee, Fla.

Clemson (22-5) was placed in the same bracket as No. 1 seed Baylor and will play host to College of Charleston (20-9) in its opening match. The winner will meet Georgia or Harvard in the second round at Clemson, S.C.

Duke (19-7), the defending national champion, will face Long Island (15-3) in the first round at Charlottesville, Va. Host Virginia (14-9) will meet Princeton (20-5). If the Blue Devils and Cavaliers both win, Duke would meet Virginia in a second-round matchup of ACC teams.

Georgia Tech (18-9), the ACC champion, earned a first-round date with Austin Peay (18-3). The winner will face the UC-Irvine-Mississippi winner in the second round at Atlanta.

Miami (17-5) will play host to Boston University (11-11), with winner meeting the Texas A&M-South Florida winner in the second round at Coral Gables, Fla.

Duke, will be appearing in the NCAA field for the 22nd consecutive season. Miami is in the tournament for the 15th straight year and is hosting a regional for the sixth consecutive time.

North Carolina is making its 12th straight NCAA appearance and Georgia Tech its 11th. Clemson has also hosted in each of the previous six NCAA Tournaments, advancing past the first round in each. The Tigers have reached the Sweet 16 in five of the past six seasons, and earned a berth in the Final Four in 2004 and 2005.