April 30, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's tennis team was selected for play in the 2003 NCAA Tournament as the 64-team field was announced Wednesday. The Cavaliers will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. where they will play Ohio State in the first round on either May 9 or May 10. No. 7 seed and host Tennessee will play Murray State in the other first round match at the site.
The Cavaliers (15-9) are ranked No. 34 in the nation and are making their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia went 4-4 in the ACC, finishing fifth and reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament by upsetting Georgia Tech in quarterfinals. The Cavaliers were one of 33 teams to receive an at-large berth into the field.
"We are excited to be participating in the NCAA Tournament," stated Virginia head coach Phil Rogers. "I respect (Ohio State head coach) Chuck Merzbacher and know his team will be well prepared and a tough match for us. Also, Tennessee is a place we have never played at before so we are excited to go there."
Ohio State went 12-11 on the season, 6-4 in the Big Ten, and is currently ranked No. 49 in the nation. The match will be only the third between the Cavaliers and Buckeyes, with the teams splitting the previous two matches. Ohio State won the last meeting in 1997, with Virginia defeating Ohio State in 1981.
This appearance is the Cavaliers first since 2001, when Virginia fell to Kentucky in the first round.
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