COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men’s and women’s tennis teams are hosting an NCAA Selection Show party Tuesday, and the public is invited to attend.
The teams will gather at 12:30 p.m. at the party room at the Wings ‘n More restaurant located in Southwood Valley at the corner of S. Texas Ave. and Deacon.
Several player awards will be presented prior to the announcement of the men’s and women’s NCAA Championship brackets, to be broadcast on ESPNews beginning at 1 p.m.
The Aggie women, ranked No. 31, are expecting to make their ninth consecutive and 14th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament when the 64-team field is announced. The Aggies are 16-8 overall after advancing to the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Championship.
A&M has advanced at least to the NCAA second round each of the last five seasons. In 2004, the Aggies earned an all-time best No. 12 seed in the 64-team bracket and advanced to the Round of 16.
The Aggie men will look to make their 15th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and 16th all-time appearance. A&M has advanced to the Round of 16 eight times and the Elite Eight once in 2001.
The Aggie men are No. 25 in this week’s national rankings with a 12-11 record. All 11 losses were to teams that currently rank in the top 25, including seven losses to teams in the top 15.
Women’s first- and second-round matches will be played May 9-10 on participating campuses, and 16 winners will advance to the finals, May 15-20, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus in Oklahoma.
Men’s first- and second-round matches will be played May 9-10 or 10-11 at campus locations, and 16 winners advance to the finals, which run May 16-20 also at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
This is the third year that both the men’s and women’s champions will be decided at the same site. Georgia Tech is the defending women’s champion, and Illinois is the defending men’s champion. A&M will serve as host of the 2009 championships, to be contested at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, May 14-25.
Participants in the 64-player singles tournaments and the 32-team doubles championships will be posted Wednesday no later than 5 p.m. on NCAASports.com. Participants will compete in Tulsa, May 21-26.
On the men’s side, junior Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) is ranked No. 25 in singles and No. 20 in doubles with partner Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
Sophomore Elzé Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) is the top rated singles player on the A&M women’s team, coming in at No. 104. The doubles team of seniors Anna Blagodarova (Toronto, Ontario) and Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) is No. 51.