"I'm really happy for the team and proud of the team," said Alabama Coach Jenny Mainz. "This is a monumental accomplishment. It is a testament to the hard work, the diligence and the commitment they have all made this season. One of their greatest accomplishments is that we've come together as a team. Everyone is playing together with one heartbeat, and I think that makes us difficult to beat. We really have improved throughout the season with our fighting spirit and tenacity, but more importantly playing together as one and helping each other through tough matches."
Alabama, hosting for the third-straight year and third overall, will take on Jackson State in its first-round matchup on Friday, May 9, at 4 p.m. CT. That match will be preceded by the Arizona State-Princeton match that is set to begin at 1 p.m. CT. The winners of both matches will then meet in the second round on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. CT.
"We are excited to host," added Mainz. "What a privilege to be selected to host for the third-consecutive year. Again, that is really a tribute to the team's hard work. We are going to take this one match at a time. Jackson State is all we are thinking about right now. It is very exciting to be recognized as the No. 2 seed, but at the same time, that's not what we are focused on. We are focused on May 9 and playing Jackson State. Nothing changes. This is the next match on our schedule. We hope we can get a great crowd out there to cheer us on for one more weekend."
Alabama has had its best season in program history, winning the Southeastern Conference Championship for the first time, finishing with a 12-1 league record. The Tide also advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship for the first time and will be making its 13th NCAA tournament appearance and 11th under Mainz. Alabama heads into tournament play with a 22-4 record, which is the best mark in the Mainz era.
Arizona State (18-7) is making its 27th-straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Sun Devils boast the Pac-12 Doubles Champions in Kassidy Jump and Joanna Smith, who defeated the nation's No. 3 team in Southern California's Brynn Boren and Zoe Scandalis, 8-6, in the tournament championship.
Jackson State (10-17) is making its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2009. The Lady Tigers are the automatic qualifier out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Princeton (18-5) is in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010 and the fifth time in program history. The Tigers advanced to the tournament as the automatic qualifier from the Ivy League after sweeping through the conference with a 7-0 record. Princeton enters tournament play on a 10-match winning streak.
Tickets for the first and second rounds are available on RollTide.com or by visiting or calling the Alabama Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX. In addition, tickets will be on sale at the gate on May 9 and 10, beginning one hour prior to the start of match play. The cost per session is $5 all ages and $3 for Alabama students.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Friday, May 9
1 p.m. CT – Princeton vs. Arizona State
4 p.m. CT – Jackson State vs. Alabama
Saturday, May 10
1 p.m. CT – Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2