Illinois will serve as host for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships.
May 3, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The field for the 2011 NCAA Men's Championships was released Tuesday afternoon, with the 17th-ranked Illini tabbed to host the first and second rounds next weekend. The Illini have hosted the opening rounds 12 times in the past 13 years.
Illinois (16-10), making its 16th straight NCAA Championships appearance, will host Drake (21-2) in the first round at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. North Carolina (15-7) earned the 16th seed overall and will square off against Eastern Kentucky (21-4) in the first match of the day at noon.
"We're excited to have the opportunity to host again," head coach Brad Dancer said. "It's great a way to showcase our facility to the fans and community that have been so supportive all year long. We're thankful for everyone's efforts. Being able to host is a culmination of the team's hard work and attitude throughout the season. We will use this as motivation and hope to get through to the next rounds."
First- and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, at 16 different regional sites with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University, May 19-30.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament beginning in the first round, with the finals site (16-team bracket) to determine the national champion. The matches shall be 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.
Ticket prices for the first & second rounds are as follows:
Adults - $5.00
Students - $3.00
Tickets for the first and second Rounds 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. Free parking is available east of the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex off of Goodwin Ave. Spectators can enter the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex from this lot.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS SCHEDULE
KHAN OUTDOOR TENNIS COMPLEX // URBANA ILL.
Friday, May 13 // First Round
Match 1 - No. 16 North Carolina vs. Eastern Kentucky - Noon CT
Match 2 - Illinois vs. Drake - 3 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 14 // Second Round
Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 - 2 p.m. CT