AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn women’s tennis earned its third straight bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday and will open play in the first round against No. 19 Pepperdine on Friday, May 8 in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Tigers (16-13) first round match against Pepperdine is slated for 1 p.m. CT on May 8 at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Family Stadium. The winner will take on No. 14 seed Cardinal or Stony Brook on Saturday, May 9 at 3p.m. CT for the chance to advance to the NCAA Team Championships in Waco, Texas, which run May 14-18.
“We’re excited to get a chance to play in the postseason,” head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said following Tuesday’s selection show. “The girls have worked extremely hard throughout the season and it’s an honor for our program to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. To make the field for the third year in a row is a positive for our team. We’ll be ready to take on Pepperdine when we open the tournament next week.”
The Tigers will head to California for the second time in the last three seasons for the NCAA first/second round. In 2013, Auburn played in the Berkeley Regional, defeating St. Mary’s, 4-2, before falling to No. 6 seed Cal, 4-0. Auburn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Clemson, S.C. during the 2014 season.
Pepperdine recently won its 25th West Coast Conference Tournament title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Waves are currently ranked No. 19 in the latest ITA release.
The opening-round matchup between Auburn and Pepperdine will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Tickets for NCAA first/second round matchups will go on sale Wednesday and can be purchased by visiting gostanford.com.
Auburn will be making its third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Tigers earned three consecutive bids from 2007-09. Since Meisner took helm of the program during the 2011-12 season, Auburn has made three appearances at the NCAA Championships in the last four years.
The Tigers are 5-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced to the second round in four out of their last five NCAA appearances.
Individual selections for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Wednesday. Baylor will host the team championships, as well as the individual championships at the Hurd Tennis Center, May 14-25.
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