Women's tennis to host regional; men Oxford-bound

NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt's men's and women's tennis teams received berths Wednesday to participate in the 2004 NCAA Tennis Team Championships. The third-ranked women's team will play host to an NCAA Regional at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center, while the 22nd-ranked men's squad, national finalists in 2003, will travel to Oxford, Miss.

NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt's men's and women's tennis teams received berths Wednesday to participate in the 2004 NCAA Tennis Team Championships. The third-ranked women's team will play host to an NCAA Regional at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center, while the 22nd-ranked men's squad, national finalists in 2003, will travel to Oxford, Miss.

The matches will take place the weekend of May 14-16, but exact dates and times have not yet been announced.

Members of the Vanderbilt women's tennis team learn Wednesday they'll be hosting an NCAA Regional May 14-16 at the Currey Tennis Center. (VandyMania / Whitney D.)

The women will host Mid-Continent Conference Champion IUPUI in the tournament's first round. Prior to that match, No. 27 Florida State and No. 55 Marshall will face off at the Currey Tennis Center. The winners compete the following day for the opportunity to advance to the National Tournament in Athens, Ga.

In Oxford, the men will take on 49th-ranked Oregon in first round action. Binghamton and Ole Miss will face each other on the opposite side of that bracket. Those winners will compete for a spot in the 16-team field at the National Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

The Vanderbilt women's team is making its 10th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth-straight year. Head Coach Geoff Macdonald has taken the Commodores to the tournament every year since arriving in Nashville and has compiled a 20-9 record in tournament play.

Men's Head Coach Ken Flach is looking to lead the Dores back to NCAA Finals in their fifth tournament appearance. The Dores are making their first appearance in Oxford since capturing the 2003 SEC Tournament championship at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. The Commodores followed that performance up by taking out No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 2 Baylor and No. 5 UCLA to reach the championship match of the NCAA Tournament.

Invitations to the individual singles and doubles NCAA Tournaments will be announced later this week. The brackets for all the NCAA Tournaments will be available shortly at ncaasports.com.

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Men's tennis coach Ken Flach, on his team's draw: "It's not an easy draw. It's a tough draw, but we did have a lot of success down there in Oxford, and I think that will give us a comfortable feeling being back there and knowing we beat them twice down there and knowing that we lost a real heart-breaker during the regular season this year. They're the favorites. They're the ones that are supposed to win. They know we're a good team; they respect us. I just hope my guys can go out and play hard and play loose and just go for the gusto and not feel any real pressure or expectations. Let them be the ones feeling all that."

Women's tennis coach Geoff MacDonald on his team's draw: "Well, we'll be hosting again. We've had a regional I don't know how many years in a row now, and I like our regional a lot. We don't look past that. What I try to do in the NCAA tournament is divide it into four teams -- be the best of those four, then move to the next four, and just take it in segments. So looking at those first four, they're very good, but playing them at home, I feel confident."

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