The men and women's tennis teams will play in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(School Release) -- The 20th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will see some familiar faces in the opening rounds of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
The Vols (17-10) will play the first and second rounds at Duke in Durham, N.C., as the No. 2 seed in the four-team region. They will face 54th-ranked Elon in the opening round. If the Vols win, they would advance to face either 11th-ranked Duke or unranked Winthrop.
Tennessee beat Duke 4-2 in an indoor thriller at home early in the season.
The schedule has not been released for the Duke site. Matches will be played from May 9-11.
The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will head back to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on May 9-10, as announced by the NCAA Tuesday night.
The Lady Vols are making their 20th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1995 and 24th overall NCAA showing.
Tennessee (13-12) will face Georgia State (12-8) on Friday, May 9, while seventh-seeded and host team North Carolina, will play VCU in the first round.
The winners of those matches will square off on May 10 for a chance to advance to the Round of 16, which takes place in Athens, Ga. The championship site hosts the final four rounds from May 15-20.
"There has been anxiety all year," said Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick, "and we are going to have five freshmen and one junior playing in NCAAs. Getting in was a great thing and I am excited that they did get in; it will give us a lot of experience. We will go out there and play hard and see what we can do."
"It was a nervous but exciting experience," said junior Joanna Henderson. "It has been an up and down season and we weren't really sure what to expect but I think when our name got called it was just a lot of relief and happiness."
This will be the first time that the Lady Vols and Panthers have faced off against each other. The Panthers enter the match on a three match win-streak after capturing the school's first ever Sun Belt Conference Championship. They will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.
"This is such a good group, they work hard every day. I really can't ask much more from them. It is asking a lot for five freshmen to go out there and make the NCAA Tournament and they did."
"We went to North Carolina and we had a close match with them. With this format it is you win you keep going, you lose and you're out. So you just have to go out there ready to play."