Saturday, May 07, 2011 | Tennis
Drake and Wichita State Draws Set

The Drake men's tennis team and the Wichita State women's tennis team have learned of their opponents for the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.  No. 63 Drake will face No. 17 Illinois and Wichita State will take on No. 15 Clemson.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The 63rd-rated Drake men's tennis team learned its draw for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday (May 3) and for the third time in the last five seasons the Bulldogs (21-2 overall) will head to Champaign, Ill., to open tournament play against No. 17 Illinois (16-10) on May 13 at 3:00 p.m.

"We are extremely excited for what should be a great first round match against Illinois next Friday," Drake head coach Evan Austin commented.  "We're going to put in a lot of work over the next week and I know we'll be ready to compete."

In each of the last two tournament appearances for Drake (2007 and 2008), the Bulldogs have been chosen to play at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Illinois.  Drake dropped 4-0 and 4-1 decisions to Michigan and Louisiana State in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The other two teams in the region are No. 18 North Carolina and Eastern Kentucky, who will meet at 12:00 p.m. on May 13.  The winner of that match will square off against the winner of the Drake-Illinois contest on May 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices for the First and Second Rounds are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  Tickets for the First and Second Rounds can be purchased at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex starting one hour prior to the first match each day.  One ticket is valid for one admission to all matches on the day the ticket is purchased.  Free parking is available east of the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex off of Goodwin Ave.  Spectators can enter the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex from this lot.

Wichita, Kan. - Wichita State will face No. 15 Clemson on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tennis Tournament.  The Shockers and Tigers will meet on the campus of the University of Arkansas.  Arkansas will host Sacramento State in the other first round match.

WSU earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament with their victory over Illinois State, 4-0 in the finals of the MVC tournament last Sunday.

Clemson finished the regular season with a record of 19-10, 6-5 ACC and finished sixth in the ACC final standings.  The Tigers Head Coach is Nancy Harris in her 14th season.  Their top singles player is No. 10 Josipa Bek (31-10) and Bek along with Keri Wong (28-9) comprise their top doubles team.

This will be the third consecutive NCAA appearance for the Shockers.  Wichita State faced Stanford in 2009 and Texas in 2010.  Both times the Shockers were defeated 4-0.

First- and second-round competition will be conducted May 13-15, with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford. The team championship will be held May 20-24.

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament at 16 first- and second-round sites (four teams at each site) and the final site (16-team bracket) to determine the national champion. The matches shall be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.

Thirty-one conferences received automatic qualification into the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships.