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. Food will be provided.
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 1:30 p.m.
The Aggie women, ranked No. 26, are expecting to make their eighth consecutive and 13th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament when the 64-team field is announced. The Aggies are 20-6 overall after advancing to the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Championship. Four of A&M’s six losses on the season were against teams currently ranked in the top 16, including No. 2 Georgia and No. 7 Notre Dame.
A&M has advanced to the NCAA second round each of the last two 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, under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Denton, will look to make their 14th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and 15th all-time appearance. A&M has advanced to the Round of 16 eight times and the Elite Eight once in 2001. Denton previously guided Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to its first NCAA Championship appearance in 2005.
The Aggie men are No. 35 in this week’s national rankings with a 14-11 record. Nine of A&M’s losses were against opponents ranked in the top 15, and five losses were decided by two points or less. A&M fell to four top-10 teams on the road at Illinois, UCLA, USC and Baylor, as well as home losses against perennial tennis powerhouses Duke and LSU.
Men’s first- and second-round matches will be played May 11-12 at campus locations, and 16 winners will advance to the finals, May 17-28, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.
Women’s first- and second-round matches will be played May 11-12 or 12-13 on participating campuses. Winners advance to the finals, which run May 18-28 also at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
This is the second year that both the men’s and women’s champions will be decided at the same site.
Participants in the 64-player singles tournaments and the 32-team doubles championships will be posted May 2 before 4 p.m. on NCAASports.com. Participants will join the final 16 in Athens, May 18-28.
The A&M men’s tennis team boasts two nationally-ranked singles players in junior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas), who are ranked No. 65 and No. 68, respectively, in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
Senior Anna Lubinsky (Richardson, Texas) is the top rated singles player on the A&M women’s team, coming in at No. 25. Freshman Elze Potgieter (Bloemfontein , South Africa) is listed No. 113.
The Aggie women sport two ranked doubles teams: junior Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) and senior Sarah Foster (Lexington, Ky.) are No. 31, and Lubinsky and senior Nicki Mechem (Fredericksburg, Texas) are No. 50.