Women's Tennis Draws Wake Forest In NCAAs

2007 NCAA Championships Information

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 51 Penn women’s tennis team has learned whoits first-round opponent will be in the 64-team NCAA Championship.

The Quakers will take on Wake Forest Friday, May 11 at noonin Williamsburg, Va. The Demon Deacons earned an at-large bid out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and are currently ranked No. 19 in the nation.

“Wake Forest has been one of the best college tennis teams over the past 20 years," head coachMichael Dowdsaid."Their program has a very long history and this match will be an exciting challenge for us.”

The other teams in Penn’s bracket include regional host William& Mary and Richmond. The No. 14Tribe earned an automatic bid after winning the Colonial Athletic Association title for the19th time in 22 years. Richmond, which is unranked, also earned an automatic bid with itsfourth straight Atlantic 10 title.

Wake Forest has made tournament appearances 12 of the last 13 seasons, and this will be the Demon Deacons'fourth straight. Penn is no stranger to the NCAAs, either: this year’s bid is the Quakers'fifth in seven years. The Red and Blue earned an automatic spot in thefield after finishing the Ivy League season undefeated at 7-0 -- earning their third championship in the past six years -- and going 17-4 overall.

“I am very proud of the team, particularly the captains and assistant coach Sara Schiffman," Dowd said."I believe these leaders are what made the difference between this year and last.”

The winners of Friday’s first-round matches will meet in the regional final Saturday, May 12at noon. The winner of that match advances to the NCAA Championships, to be held this year from May 17-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.