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More Than Just Tennis Going On At NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/16/2011

May 16, 2011


Stay tuned to www.gostanford.com's Countdown To The Championships for daily coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships in the form of feature stories, historical profiles, match previews, recaps and other tournament news. One of the nation's finest tennis venues, the Taube Family Tennis Center is playing host to its second combined men's and women's NCAA Tennis Championships, as the tournament's current format was introduced at Stanford in 2006.

In today's edition of Countdown To The Championships, we take a final glance at the postseason schedule over the next two weeks, including a seemingly never-ending list of special events.

"We are very proud to host the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Our crew has been working diligently for almost two years to help ensure this will be a Championships to remember for competitors and fans. There is nothing more exciting than two great teams deadlocked in a titanic battle with momentum switching back and forth, and with spectators and the fans of each team going wild! You are guaranteed almost two solid weeks of fun and thrills at Northern California's premier tennis facility - the Taube Family Tennis Center."
The John L. Hinds Director of Tennis Dick Gould, now in his 45th season overall at Stanford. Gould led the Cardinal to 17 national championships (15 NCAA, 2 AIAW) while serving as head coach.

Tuesday, May 17: Time to preview the NCAA Championships round of 16 field, breaking down the Stanford men's team heading into the weekend.
Wednesday, May 18: Time to preview the NCAA Championships round of 16 field, breaking down the Stanford women's team heading into the weekend.

STANFORD, Calif.- The next two weeks are truly a tennis lover's dream, with no shortage of riveting team and individual matches on tap at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

However, in addition to those matches, there are several other special events, activities and banquets scheduled to take place over the next 14 days at the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.

Here is a complete listing of those events, so mark your calendar.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Men's and Women's Team Welcome Banquet
Student-athletes and coaches from the participating men's and women's teams will gather for a pre-tournament welcome banquet to be held at Maples Pavilion. Included in the festivities will be the presentation of the NCAA Elite 88 Awards, given to two student-athletes (one male, one female) with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships. Last year's winners were Stanford's Greg Hirshman and Notre Dame's Colleen Rielley. This event is not open to the public.

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THURSDAY, MAY 19
Men's Team Round of 16
9 a.m. - Taube South - No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 Duke
9 a.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 California
12 p.m. - Taube South - No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Kentucky
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 2 USC vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech
3 p.m. - Taube South - No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 UCLA
3 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 4 Ohio State vs. Tulsa
6 p.m. - Taube South - No. 1 Virginia vs. Illinois
6 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Texas A&M

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Daniel Maya - Flamenco guitar) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent located is open from 4:30-8 p.m.

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FRIDAY, MAY 20
Women's Team Round of 16
9 a.m. - Taube South - No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Virginia
9 a.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Georgia Tech
12 p.m. - Taube South - No. 7 Miami vs. No. 10 Michigan
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Clemson
3 p.m. - Taube South - No. 5 Baylor vs. SMU
3 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 4 North Carolina vs. Vanderbilt
6 p.m. - Taube South - No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 California
6 p.m. - Taube Stadium - No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Northwestern

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Brian Wachhorst - Americana guitar) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 4:30-8 p.m.

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SATURDAY, MAY 21
Men's Team Quarterfinals
12 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA

USTA College Day Seminar
This event is open to all high school and junior tennis players, their parents and coaches who are interested in learning more about all the opportunities that exist in college tennis. Learn more about the recruiting process, important recruiting rules, what coaches are looking for and what to expect as you transition to college tennis. The information session and panel discussion runs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Kissick Auditorium inside the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family, and includes a USTA Guide to Tennis on College Campuses, refreshments and a ticket to the NCAA quarterfinal matches later that afternoon. A list of panelists and other information can be found by clicking HERE.

NCAA Tennis Alumni "Play Day"
A social team tennis mixer of former NCAA tennis players is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Alpine Hills Tennis Club in Portola Valley. The event is open to former Division I tennis student-athletes. Former players from Stanford, USC, UCLA, Cal and other schools have already signed on to play. Feel free to stop by to watch and socialize. If you are interested in playing and/or for more information, contact former Stanford tennis player Stephanie Savides on Facebook or at stephanie.savides@gmail.com.

Play Day On The Farm
Kids ages 6-10 are invited to the Stanford Campus Recreation Association from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a Red/Orange Court "Play Day on the Farm". This low-key round robin event is designed to build confidence in players just beginning match play. Participants also receive a $5 group rate ticket for that day's NCAA Championship matches. For additional information, contact Andrea Barnes at abarnes2@stanford.edu.

Stanford Tennis Alumni Reception
Expected to get underway around 7 p.m., there will be a Stanford Tennis Alumni reception hosted by Craig Johnson at his Woodside home. This event is open to all former Stanford tennis players only. For more information, contact Valerie Wilson McCarthy on Facebook or at valerie_mccarthy@positivecoach.org.

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Ramana Vieira Duo - Portuguese World Music) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 2-7 p.m.

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SUNDAY, MAY 22
Women's Team Quarterfinals
12 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Elliot Kenon Duo - Dixieland) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 2-7 p.m.

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MONDAY, MAY 23
Men's and Women's Team Semifinals
12 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube South - TBA vs. TBA
4 p.m. - Taube Stadium - TBA vs. TBA

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Arturo Rasgado - Jazz piano) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 3-7 p.m.

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TUESDAY, MAY 24
Men's and Women's Team Championship Matches
12 p.m. - Taube Stadium - Men's Final
4 p.m. - Taube Stadium - Women's Final

Men's and Women's Singles/Doubles Welcome Brunch, ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Awards Ceremony
Student-athletes and coaches on the men's and women's side participating in the individual portion of this year's NCAA Championships will gather for a pre-tournament welcome banquet to be held at McCaw Hall in the Alumni Center. At this time, the ITA will also present its national awards. This event is not open to the public.

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Keith Williams - Bluegrass) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 3-7 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
Men's and Women's Singles First Round
All matches start at 10 a.m., to be played at both Taube Stadium and Taube South.

ITA Men's Hall of Fame Reunion Luncheon
Open to inductees and former ITA Hall of Fame members, this event will be held from 12-2 p.m. at McCaw Hall in the Alumni Center. This event is closed to the public.

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Brad Bivens - Pop, Jazz and Latin guitar) from 4:30-7 p.m. at McCaw Hall. The VIP Tent is open from 3-7 p.m.

ITA Men's Hall of Fame Dinner
The event will be held at McCaw Hall in the Alumni Center, with a reception getting underway at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Cost is $50 per person. Checks must be made payable to Intercollegiate Tennis Association, received by May 18 and mailed to the following address:
Tennis Hall of Fame
Attn: Dick Gould
Stanford University
641 E. Campus Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305-6150

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THURSDAY, MAY 26
Men's and Women's Singles Second Round
Men's and Women's Doubles First Round
All matches start at 10 a.m., to be played at Taube Stadium and Taube South.

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Dave Prieto Duo - Urban Jazz) from 4-6 p.m. along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent located is open from 4-7 p.m.

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FRIDAY, MAY 27
Men's and Women's Singles Round of 16
Men's and Women's Doubles Round of 16
All matches start at 10 a.m., to be played at Taube Stadium and Taube South.

Live Music and VIP Tent
Live music (Fred McCarty - Acoustic Americana, roots and country) from 4-6 p.m. at along the main entrance walkway along Campus Drive, next to the Track Heritage pillars. The VIP Tent is open from 4-7 p.m.

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SATURDAY, MAY 28
Men's and Women's Singles Quarterfinals
Men's and Women's Doubles Quarterfinals
All matches start at 12 p.m., to be played at Taube Stadium and Taube South.

VIP Tent
The VIP Tent is open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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SUNDAY, MAY 29
Men's and Women's Singles Semifinals
Men's and Women's Doubles Semifinals
All matches start at 12 p.m.

VIP Tent
The VIP Tent is open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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MONDAY, MAY 30
Men's and Women's Doubles Championship Matches
Both matches start at 12 p.m. and will be played at Taube Stadium.
Men's and Women's Singles Championship Matches
Both matches start at 2 p.m. and will be played at Taube Stadium.

VIP Tent
The VIP Tent is open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

by Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations.


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