Illini Men and Women Earn NCAA Championship Bids
May 1, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA announced the fields for the 2012 Men's and Women's Tennis Championships Tuesday evening, with the No. 16 Illini men set to host the first and second rounds, while the women will head south to Ole Miss. The Illinois men's team has hosted opening-round action for 13 of the past 14 years.
The Orange and Blue men (17-7), making their 17th straight NCAA Championships appearance, will host Western Michigan (17-11) in a first-round matchup on Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m. CT at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Auburn (17-9) will take on Drake (24-2) at Noon in the first match of the day. The second-round match is slated for Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to host and play in front of our fans again," Illini men's head coach Brad Dancer said. "This year has special meaning for Dennis (Nevolo) and Roy (Kalmanovich) and for what they were able to accomplish last weekend. Getting the chance to play in front of our home crowd one more time will be a memorable experience for both of them. We've got our work cut out for us and need to prepare a lot between now and the NCAA Championships. I'm excited for the opportunity to play Western Michigan and look forward to that matchup."
The Illini women (18-7) will battle familiar foe Rice (16-8) on May 11 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss. Illinois took down the Owls, 5-1, earlier this spring to kick off its current 12-2 stretch. Southern (10-10) and host Ole Miss (17-8) will square off in the other opening round match at that tournament site.
"We were extremely excited to find out where we will be playing," Illini women's head coach Michelle Dasso said. "We have a win over Rice already this year, and that's how we kicked off our streak. We're fired up to play them again. They're obviously a very good team. Our goal is to make the Sweet 16, and our girls are excited and ready."
First- and second-round competition will take place May 11-13 at 16 different regional sites with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships, May 17-22, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
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 will 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 and Second Rounds
Tickets for the first and second rounds can be purchased at 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 Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex off of Goodwin Avenue, and spectators can enter Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex from that lot.