Duke and N.C. State are among the 64-team 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship field. Duke men and UNC women host regionals.
No. 9 Duke (22-5) will play host to Coastal Carolina (15-5) while the No. 2 UNC women host South Carolina State Friday.
The NC State men (13-10) will head to Norman, Okla., to play Auburn (13-10).
Duke is making its 22nd straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 23rd overall while NC State returns to the field of 64 for the second consecutive year (sixth overall).
Duke will host one of 16 regionals for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. UNC Wilmington will meet South Carolina in the first match of the day Friday at 10 a.m., before the host Blue Devils will face Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. The winner of the two matches will compete for a trip to the 2013 NCAA Team Championships May 17-21 in Urbana, Ill.
Duke posted an undefeated regular season on its home courts for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, going 13-0 throughout the spring. Senior Henrique Cunha, the 2013 ACC Player of the Year, leads the way with a 17-0 singles record throughout the spring, while the duo of Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler posted a 33-3 overall mark for the season.
The Blue Devils own a 41-22 all-time record in the NCAA Championships and has recorded 22 consecutive appearances, winning at least one match in each appearance. As a team, Duke has advanced to the round of eight on seven occasions, including last season’s appearance in the Elite Eight. Throughout the season, the Blue Devils have notched a 12-5 record against teams in the field of 64, including a 3-2 mark against squads that are seeded. Duke will host an NCAA Regional for the fourth consecutive season and the 12th time in the program’s history.
Ticket prices for all NCAA Championship matches are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors, and each ticket is good for all matches each day. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium on the day of the match. Parking for all matches will be available in the Blue Zone, which can be accessed off Duke University Road.
The Wolfpack makes its sixth overall NCAA appearance and fourth under head coach Jon Choboy. In his 11th season at NC State, Choboy also led the Pack to the tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2012. State previously made the tournament in 1978 and 1999. The Pack has collected three NCAA wins in program history.
The winner of the match will advance to play the winner of host Oklahoma and Wichita State. The second round match is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 11.
Two Duke and one Carolina student-athletes will be among the 64 competitors in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, to be held May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
The area will also be well-represented in the NCAA men’s team competition, which gets under way on May 10.
Henrique Cuhna, Duke
Esben Hess-Olesen, North Carolina
Michael Redlicki, Duke
Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler, Duke
Michael Redlicki/Jason Tahir, Duke
Dave Thomson/Sean Weber, NC State
UNC women are regional host
No. 2 North Carolina women begin play in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship Friday when the Tar Heels welcome MEAC champion South Carolina State to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at 1 p.m. Carolina, which enters the event with a record of 25-3, is looking to win its 13th consecutive opening round NCAA match, a streak that dates back to 2001.
UNC is serving as a regional host for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons and the ninth under four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year Brian Kalbas. Led by ACC Player of the Year Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Carolina is a top-eight national seed for the fourth consecutive NCAA tournament.
The winner of Friday’s UNC-South Carolina State match will face the winner of the Tennessee-VCU match in Saturday’s second round. The winner of the second round match, which is currently set for Saturday at 11 a.m., will advance to the NCAA final site in Urbana, Ill.
Tickets for the event are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors. Gates will open one hour prior to play on both Friday and Saturday.
NC State women open in Michigan
The NC State women’s tennis team will take on Notre Dame in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday, May 10 at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Michigan.
The NC State Wolfpack will make its sixth overall appearance, and its second trip in three years, in the NCAA Championship.
In the latest ITA national team rankings, NC State is ranked No. 42. The Wolfpack has two ranked singles players in No. 53 Joelle Kissell and No. 86 Tatiana Illova.
Duke women travel to Texas
The 14th-ranked Blue Devils will open the NCAA Team Championship May 11 when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Ole Miss in the opening round of the tournament. The winner of the match will advance to the second round to face the winner of the Texas Tech and College of Charleston match.
Under head coach Jamie Ashworth, the Blue Devils have reached the NCAA Final Four five times, highlighted by a trip to the 2009 NCAA Finals where they topped UCLA to claim the title.
The match against Ole Miss is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT, with the winner advancing to face the winner of Texas Tech and College of Charleston in the second round Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. CT.
Check out the left menu bar for results from the various team matches for Duke and NC State men and Duke, UNC and NC State women.