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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University women’s tennis team, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to eighth-seeded Georgia Tech next weekend for their opening round match.ncaa wom tennis 150

“Getting in the tournament is a tremendous accomplishment and honor considering in how far we have come in the last five years,” Alabama State head coach Anuk Christiansz said. “To make the tournament is the ultimate honor, and this is a very prestigious event for us to play in. With all that in mind, I am so excited. To go in and play a premiere program like Georgia Tech makes it even more special. Rodney Harmon is a top notch coach, and I am looking forward to seeing he and his team there.”

Georgia Tech will host first and second round play, May 13-14, at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Admission is free for all spectators to the regional. Match times will be on Saturday will be at 11 am (est), with Georgia Tech and Alabama State scheduled for 1 pm (est).

Alabama State (13-8) worked their way into the tournament by finishing conference play undefeated and winning both of their matches in the SWAC Championship Tournament. The Lady Hornets dropped just seven points in their 11 conference matches this season, paced by four all-conference selections including senior Marine Cartier.

First- and second-round competition takes place May 12-13 or 13-14 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 19-23. The event will be hosted by the University of Georgia.

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