May Madness: Quakers Receive At-Large Bid Into NCAA Championship

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 45 University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team has earned an at-large bid into the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

The Quakerswill take on the University of Tennessee on Friday, May 12at 2 p.m.in Atlanta, in a regional being hosted by No. 6 Georgia Tech. The Lady Volsearned an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) andare currently ranked30th in the nation.

The other teams inPenn's bracket aretheYellow Jacketsand Southeast Louisiana; they will precede the Penn-Tennessee match with a first-round match at 11 a.m.Georgia Techreceived the automatic bid out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), while the Lions won the Southland Conference championship for the second consecutive season.

The winners of Friday's first-round matches will meet in the regional final Saturday at noon. The winner of that match advances to the NCAA Championships, to be held this year from May 18-21 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.

“Tennessee has been a consistent national power, although we have never played them, we know they come from one of the best conferences in the country,” said Penn Head Coach Michael Dowd. “They have a great coaching staff and we look forward to the challenge.”

Ticket prices have been set for the weekend, as well. A single-day adultticket will be$5, while single-day student and child tickets will go for $3. All tickets will be sold at the gate, which will open one hour prior to the first match on Friday. Fans may also call 1-888-TECH-TIX for details or consult the Georgia Tech website.

“We are very excited to receive an at-large bid,” said Dowd. “These girls have worked hard all year, and we know we can compete at a national level.”

This marks Penn’s fourth trip to the tournament in the past six years. The Quakers won back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2001 and 2002, and received an at-large bid in 2003.

The Red and Blue went 12-5 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League, finishing in second place behind Harvard.