Illinois to Host First & Second Rounds of NCAA Tournament
April 29, 2014
URBANA, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team are dancing once more, as the NCAA announced the 2014 Tournament field on Tuesday afternoon. Illinois was chosen as the No. 12 overall seed and will host the First and Second rounds, welcoming Ball State, Memphis and Drake to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana on May 9-10.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host again," said Illinois head coach Brad Dancer. "Feels like a familiar place for our program over the last 10 years. Just excited to give our fans another chance to catch this team."
First round action will take place on Friday, May 9, starting with Memphis vs. Drake at 1 p.m. CT. Illinois vs. Ball State will then follow at 4 p.m. The winner of those two matches will square off on Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m., to advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
The Illini are 39-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, reaching at least the Sweet 16 in six of Coach Dancer's eight years at the helm. Today's announcement marks the 19th straight season the Orange and Blue will be appearing in the 64-team field.
Illinois will enter next weekend's postseason play with a 22-8 overall record and the winners of nine of their previous ten matches. In addition, the Illini went undefeated at home with an 11-0 mark.
"The fans make such a difference here," added Dancer. "Whether it's the I-L-L chants or the players familiarity with the surface, I think it's a great place for us and one where we're comfortable."
Ticket prices for the First and Second rounds will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex starting one hour prior to the first match each day. One ticket is valid for one admission to all matches on the day the ticket is purchased.