Buc tennis teams headed to North Carolina for NCAA match-ups

JOHNSON CITY, TN- Nine days after capturing its first ever Southern Conference Championship, the ETSU women’s tennis team now knows who it will face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bucs, who are 20-2 this season, will take on No. 3 North Carolina on May 13 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“First of all we are happy to be going there,” said ETSU Head Coach Travis Sandlant. “They are a great team obviously and we have our work cut out for us but playing these great programs is where we want to be.”

When the Bucs take the court against Tar Heels, they will be looking for their first ever NCAA Tournament victory. The Bucs, who last made the tournament in 2014, currently have a record of 0-4 in the tournament. ETSU has faced Duke (2014), North Carolina (2011), Tennessee (2009) and Vanderbilt (2006) in its previous tournament appearances.

The 54th-ranked ETSU men’s tennis team (18-5, 7-0 SoCon) has drawn Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bucs, who have won 15 consecutive matches dating back to early March, and Wolverines will face off on May 13 in Winston Salem, N.C.

“We are happy with the selection,” said ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini. “The only thing we can control is preparing our guys and having them ready to go.”

The matchup against Michigan will mark the 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Bucs in the 18 years since the NCAA Tournament adopted the team tournament format in 1999. ETSU has won two tournament matches in its history with the first coming against Alabama (2010) and the second against Notre Dame (2008).

Courtesy: East Tennessee Athletics

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