Women's Tennis meet Washington in NCAA Tournament


Stags making first appearance in the Big Dance

The NCAA women's Tennis Committee announced this afternoon the 64-team NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Field, live on ESPNews. The Fairfield University women's tennis team will head to Seattle, Wash., to face the host University of Washington on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. (PST). Rounding out the Seattle bracket is the University of New Mexico and the University of Oregon.

"We're excited to be heading to the NCAA Tournament and representing Fairfield University," Head Coach Jeff Wyshner stated. "We really wanted to play a seed on their home court to take in the championship experience. It is also great to have a chance to play someone we do not usually see on a regular basis. The Pac-10 is one of, if not the best conferences in women's tennis today, and we are ready for the opportunity to play them."

The four-team field of the Seattle bracket will take place at Quillian Stadium on the University of Washington campus. Fairfield won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and posted a school-record 19-2 overall record, and a 5-2 mark in the MAAC. Washington is ranked 10th in the country and seeded number-four in the NCAA Tournament, and is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in a row.

Fairfield won its sixth MAAC Championship, on Sunday, April 25, but will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance against the Huskies. The Stags won the MAAC in the 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons, before the conference had an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.

New Mexico is 20-4 overall, and Oregon is 16-8 on the season. The winners of the two first-round matches will meet on Sunday, May 16, at 12 p.m. (PST) at Quillian Stadium.

Fairfield has not faced the Huskies, or any of the potential second-round opponents. Wyshner was named the MAAC Coach of the Year.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 5, 2004