May 1, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – Mountain West champion TCU women’s tennis will travel to Durham, N.C., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, it was announced Tuesday evening.
The 32nd-ranked Horned Frogs (18-5) are the third seed in the Duke regional and will face second-seed South Carolina in the opening round. Duke, the No. 3 overall national seed, is the top-seed in its regional and will face Winthrop.
First-round action begins May 11 at the Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C. Match times for the first round will be announced at a later date. The second round is set for May 12. The champion of the Duke regional advances to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., on May 17.
As the Mountain West tournament champion, TCU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. South Carolina, at 15-8 on the year, was given as an at-large selection out of the SEC. Duke (24-5) is the ACC’s automatic bid, while Winthrop (15-10) won the Big South tournament.
TCU faced South Carolina in 2010, its last appearance in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. That year, the Gamecocks claimed a 4-2 win in Tallahassee, Fla.
The selection into the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships marks TCU’s 14th appearance all-time. It has advanced to the field of 64 in eight of the last nine years. In 2006, TCU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the only time in school history.
Individual selections into the NCAA Women’s Singles and Doubles Championships are set to be announced Wednesday.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships - Durham Regional
(1) Duke (No. 3 national seed) vs. (4) Winthrop
(2) South Carolina vs. (3) TCU