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Yale Draws Georgia Tech in NCAA Women's Tennis Championship

Yale Draws Georgia Tech in NCAA Women's Tennis Championship


Portions courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity

INDIANPOLIS -- Yale is headed to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Tournament.

Ranked 37th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, the Bulldogs face the 22nd-ranked Yellow Jackets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 in a first-round matchup on the home courts of two-time NCAA defending champion Florida. The host Gators take on Marist at 1 p.m. at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex following the Yale-Georgia Tech match.

The first-round winners square off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

Yale (17-3, 6-1 Ivy League) enters the NCAA Tournament having won eight of its last nine matches and on the heels on winning its three-straight League title. The Bulldogs share the 2013 title with No. 57 Columbia.

This will be Yale's fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance as a team. Last season the Bulldogs defeated No. 42 Saint Mary's (Calif.) in the first round before falling to No. 5 Stanford in the second. The Bulldogs also reached the second round in 2011 but have never broken through to the Round of 16.

In 29 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, Ivy League teams have combined for a 15-29 (.341).

Georgia Tech (14-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament after finishing fifth in the ACC and falling to No. 11 Miami in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Apr. 26. The Yellow Jackets had won eight of 10 matches prior to that.

Yale and Georgia Tech have never met in a dual match, but Yale came to the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Georgia Tech won all seven singles matches and all three doubles matches against Bulldog opponents. In 2010, the Bulldogs won one singles match (Vicky Brook) and one doubles match (Brook and Lindsay Clark) against Yellow Jacket opponents.

Adding to Yale's familiarity with the Yellow Jackets, Bulldog assistant coach Kirsten Flower played at Georgia Tech as a freshman and as a sophomore.

The 64-team single-elimination NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship begins at 16 different host sites with the first and second rounds held May 10-12. The winner of each host site advances to the Round of 16, to be played at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill., where Illinois hosts the final rounds from May 16-27.

NCAA Tournament matches are regulation dual matches with three eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight-games-all in doubles and at six-games-all in singles.