Harvard, Columbia Selected to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
Portions courtesy Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Harvard Athletic Communications
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the seventh time in conference history, the Ivy League is sending multiple teams to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship.
Harvard and Columbia were among the 64 teams selected for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Ironically, each Ivy squad will face a team from the state of Virginia on the same date at the same time in the first round. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, Harvard takes on Virginia Tech in Gainesville, Fla., while Columbia clashes with Virginia Commonwealth in Charlottesville, Va.
Ranked 45th in the most recent Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings, Virgina Tech (11-11) pose a familiar threat to Harvard (22-2) after the Crimson edged the Hokies 4-3 in Cambridge, Mass., earlier this season. Harvard enters the postseason ranked 23rd in the nation after capturing its 29th Ivy League title last weekend.
The other first-round match in Harvard's bracket pits Navy against host, No. 12 Florida at Noon. The first-round winners are set to square off Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.
Columbia (18-4), ranked 42nd, earned its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament and its second as an at-large selection. The Lions are back in the 64-team bracket for the first time since 1998 when the Lions were also selected at-large and the League boasted three teams (Harvard, Columbia and Princeton) in the postseason.
Columbia will face No. 31 VCU (22-4), which also earned an at-large bid, on the home courts at the University of Virginia to open tournament play. The host Cavaliers, the NCAA Tournament's overall No. 3 seed, face Fairleigh Dickinson in the other first-round match. The first-round winners are scheduled to meet in the second round on Sunday, May 13 at Noon.
The Ivy League owns a 14-39 (.264) record in 39 appearances all-time in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship.