May 3, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Top-ranked Stanford was awarded the No. 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship this afternoon. The Cardinal will serve as hosts for the complete NCAA Tournament on both the men's and women's sides this season, as both squads will host first and second round play on May 12-14 as well as the full championship for teams, singles and doubles from May 18-29. Both Stanford squads will open against Quinnipiac.
The Stanford women enter the NCAA tournament with two impressive streaks, an 80-match win streak dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season and a 101-match win streak on its home court at the Taube Tennis Center, with the Cardinal's last home loss on Feb. 27, 1999.
The Cardinal women, with a 24-0 record this season, have been ranked No. 1 in the nation all year and will look to defend its back-to-back NCAA Championships this month. The Cardinal will open the tournament against Quinnipiac (11-10) next Friday, May 12 at 3 p.m. The Bobcats earned a spot in this year's tournament with a 4-3 win over Long Island in the Northeast Conference tournament title match on April 24.
The women will also host a first round match between No. 28 BYU and No. 38 Arizona, which will kick off the first weekend of NCAA tennis at the Taube Family Tennis Center at noon next Friday. The winners of the two first-round matches will face off next Saturday at 3 p.m., following men's first round action. The weekend will conclude with the two men's winners squaring off on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Tickets for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament will go on sale tomorrow through the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD. Fans can purchase all-tournament tickets until the day of the event, when single-day passes will be sold (Saturday's tickets will be good for all three matches - two men's and one women's).
The Cardinal's individual entrants for the NCAA Championships will be announced tomorrow.
NCAA Match Schedule
Men's & Women's Championship - First & Second Rounds
Friday, May 12
12 p.m. -- NCAA Women's First Round: Brigham Young vs. Arizona
3 p.m. -- NCAA Women's First Round: #1 Stanford vs. Quinnipiac
Saturday, May 13
9 a.m. -- NCAA Men's First Round: California vs. UC Santa Barbara
12 p.m. -- NCAA Men's First Round: Stanford vs. Quinnipiac
3 p.m. -- NCAA Women's Second Round
Sunday, May 14
11 a.m. -- NCAA Men's Second Round
All matches will be played at the Taube Tennis Stadium