No. 18 Texas A&M opens NCAA Tournament against Rice

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Matches #27:
No. 18 Texas A&M (22-7) vs No. 39 Rice (16-7)
Saturday, May 4, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. (CT)
Texas Tennis Center • Austin, Texas

The No. 18 Texas A&M women’s tennis team opens the NCAA Tournament Saturday at the Texas Tennis Center against Rice at 9 a.m. (CT). The Aggies (22-7) and Owls (16-7) are set to compete in the NCAA First Round in Austin for the second straight season.

The winner between Texas A&M and Rice face the winner between host and No. 9 seed Texas (18-4) and Long Island (14-7) in second-round action at noon on Sunday, May 5, also at the Texas Tennis Center. The second-round winner advances to the Round of 16 scheduled to take place at No. 8 seed Vanderbilt.

The Aggies are making their 20th consecutive and 25th overall appearance in the tournament. Last year, 30th-ranked Texas A&M was sent to Austin, where the Aggies defeated Rice, 4-3, in the first round before falling to No. 6 Texas, 4-0, in the second round.

The 2019 selection marks the 25th overall appearance and 20th consecutive selection for the women's tennis team in the NCAA Tournament. A&M's best finish in program history was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Championship, where the Aggies fell to Stanford, 4-3, in the championship match at Urbana, Illinois.

A&M holds a 27-10 lead in the all-time series against the Owls. A&M has won four of the last six meetings against Texas, all under previous head coach Howard Joffe, who was hired as the head coach of the Longhorns following the 2015 season. Texas leads the all-time series, 44-10, including 15-2 in matches played in Austin. A&M and Long Island have never met.

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NCAA Notes

- Texas A&M is making its 25th overall and its 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship.

- A&M reached the finals of the 2013 NCAA Championship, marking the best finish in school history.

- Last year, 30th-ranked Texas A&M was sent to Austin, where the Aggies defeated Rice, 4-3, in the first round before falling to No. 6 Texas, 4-0, in the second round.

- A&M is one of 9 teams representing the SEC in the NCAA Championship. Other SEC teams, with seeds in parentheses, are Georgia (1), South Carolina (4), Vanderbilt (8), Alabama, Florida, LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee.

- Texas A&M is 5-6 against the 2019 tournament field, with wins coming against Vanderbilt, LSU, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.