GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Furman women's tennis team will face No. 20 Tennessee in Raleigh, N.C., in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championships, as announced on Monday by the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee. The regional also features host N.C. State, which is ranked 12th nationally, and VCU.
The Paladins (26-1), who earned a No. 3 seed for just the second time in program history, will square off against the Volunteers (19-7) on May 3 or 4 at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, in the ninth meeting between the two schools. The teams last met in 2017, when Tennessee topped Furman, 4-2, in a neutral match in Atlanta.
Furman is part of a 64-team field that will compete at regional sites May 3-4 for round one, with 32 teams advancing to the second round, which will be held May 4-5 at the same regional sites. The final 16 teams will advance to the super regional competition on May 10-11. The team semifinals and finals are scheduled for May 17-19 at the USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center) in Orlando, Fla. Individual singles and doubles play is set for May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus.
"We are excited to be back in the NCAA tournament," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We are honored to be selected, but this team still has big things we want to accomplish, and we are hungry to get up to Raleigh and compete."
Furman, which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 19th SoCon Championship, is making its 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament.