GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will travel to No. 2 North Carolina for the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championships, as announced on Tuesday by the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee. The regional also features Ole Miss and William & Mary.
The Paladins (23-5) will square off against the Tar Heels (30-2) on Saturday, May 13, at noon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the 13th meeting between the two schools. The teams last met in 2002, when North Carolina defeated Furman, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.
Furman is part of a 64-team field that will compete at regional sites May 12-13 for round one, with 32 teams advancing to the second round, which will be held May 13-14 at the same regional sites. The final 16 teams will reach the championships finals which will be played May 18-23 in Athens, Ga.
“We are excited to be back in the NCAA tournament,” said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, who was named the SoCon Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season in 2017. “Our team has gotten better and better as the season has gone on, and we are playing at a really high level right now. We look forward to the chance to train the next couple of weeks and compete with one of the top programs in the nation.”
Furman, which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 17th SoCon Championship, is making its tenth appearance in the NCAA tournament. North Carolina defeated Georgia Tech, 4-3, to win the ACC Championship to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Championships.