"I think it is a fair draw and we are happy heading to Duke to play new faces," said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. "We haven't played Duke in a few years and they always have great teams. It is exciting for our guys to go somewhere that is fairly close and a neat place to travel."
Alabama will play East Tennessee State next Friday, and will advance to play Duke on Saturday if seeding holds. Maryland-Baltimore County is the fourth seed in the Regional and will face Duke in the first round.
Duke will face off against UMBC in the first match of the day Friday, May 11 at 10:00 am ET before Alabama squares off against East Tennessee State at 1:00 pm ET. The winners of the two matches will meet in the regional final Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am ET, where the winner will head to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA championships.
Alabama (20-7 overall) lost to Florida in the SEC tournament. This is the Tide's second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, and fourth trip in five years for Pate. Alabama lost 4-2 in the first round to Georgia Tech last year.