The Aggies (19-6), who are making their 15th consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the tournament, open against Stony Brook (15-3) on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. The match follows a first-round meeting between Texas (12-12) and Houston (21-5) to be played at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
First round winners will meet in the second round to be played Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The second-round winner advances to the round of 16 and the final championship site to be played at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"We obviously don't know too much about our first round opponent other than they are champions of their conference,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “In Houston and in Texas, they are two very strong teams filled with talent. We will need to be ready to perform next weekend.”
A&M, which placed fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 10-3 record, is an at-large selection and is one of 11 teams in the tournament field representing the SEC. Stony Brook received an automatic berth after winning its third straight America East Championship title. Texas, representing the Big 12 Conference, received an at-large bid, and Houston, which reached the finals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, is making its third tournament appearance in school history and its first as an is an at-large participant.
Last year, the Aggies received a school-record No. 3 seed and advanced to the championship finals for the first time. A&M finished runner-up, narrowly falling to 17-time NCAA champion Stanford, 4-3, in Urbana, Ill.
NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
(Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas)
Friday, May 9
Texas (12-12) vs. Houston (21-5), 11 a.m.
No. 10 Texas A&M (19-6) vs Stony Brook (15-3), 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Texas/Houston winner vs. No. 10 Texas A&M/ Stony Brook winner, 3 p.m.
Tickets to the first and second-round matches can be purchased in advance at 12thManFoundation.com or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will be available for purchase on match days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.
Prices are as follows, with the all-session ticket also allowing entry to the men’s tennis first and second round matches to be played Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 at the Mitchell Tennis Center:
$12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)
$7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club)
$5 Single Day General Admission
$3 Single Day Students/Youth
Free for children under age two
TEXAS A&M TOURNAMENT FACTS:
Team Appearances....... 20 (1986, ’89, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14)
All-Time Team Record.. 17-19
Best Finish...................... Finals (2013)
Highest Seed.................. 3 (2013)
This is the sixth time overall and the second consecutive year Texas A&M has served as host of an NCAA match (2014, 2013, 2011, 2004, 2003, 1996)…The Aggies are 7-3 in home NCAA tournament matches and 17-19 all-time in NCAA tournament play…Texas A&M is 13-6 against the 2014 tournament field, including a 4-2 victory over Texas at the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 9…A&M placed fifth in the Southeastern Conference standings with a 10-3 record and advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Championship before falling to then third-ranked Alabama, 4-2…Eleven teams represent the SEC in the 64-team field, including No. 1 seed Georgia, the SEC tournament champion and the league’s automatic qualifier. SEC regular-season champion Alabama is the No. 2 seed, and Florida and Vanderbilt are the No. 8 and 9 seeds, respectively…Other SEC teams in the tournament are Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee…In the 2013 NCAA Championship, A&M defeated Southern, 4-0, and TCU, 4-1, in the NCAA first and second rounds in College Station. The Aggies defeated Virginia, 5-0, in the round of 16, and Miami, 4-0, in A&M’s first-ever quarterfinal appearance. The Aggies then upended UCLA, 4-3, in the semifinals to advance to the championship match, where they fell to 17-time national champion Stanford, 4-3, in Urbana, Ill… The NCAA Individual Championship participants (singles and doubles) will be posted at NCAA.com, Wednesday, April 30 no later than 5 p.m.
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