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Minneapolis, Minn. -The No. 39-ranked University of Minnesota men's tennis team will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday May 12 at 1 p.m. central time. The Gophers will battle the 19-seeded Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. This marks the 26th time Minnesota has earned a bid to the big stage, and the eighth under Coach Young's leadership.
The last time the Maroon & Gold played was in the Big Ten Tournament, where they fell to the top-seeded Buckeyes of Ohio State, who would go on to win the conference tournament championship. After defeating Indiana in the final match of the regular season, the Gophers followed suit with another win over the Hoosiers in the first round of the tournament.
About the Tournament
The NCAA Tournament features 64 teams who were selected by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee. Teams who received a top-16 seed are guaranteed to host if the campus submitted a bid. Minnesota will play at the University of Florida campus, as the Gators earned a 15 seed.
The winner of the Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech match will play either Florida or Florida Gulf Coast on May 13. Each site winner advances to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga, where the remaining 16 teams will battle for a national championship. All tournament matches will be the standard dual-match format that was used throughout the regular season.
The Gophers hold a 1-3 record all-time against the Yellow Jackets. Similar opponents throughout the regular season include Northwestern, Miami, and NC State. Minnesota fell to Northwestern 4-2 while Georgia Tech fell 4-0. Both teams defeated Miami, and the Yellow Jackets defeated NC State while the Gophers fell in a close road battle.
Gophers in the Rankings
The Gophers are currently ranked No. 39 in the latest ITA National Tennis rankings. Matic Spec is ranked No. 70 while no doubles pairs are ranked
About Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 19 in the latest rankings, and have players ranked in both doubles and singles. Christopher Eubanks is ranked No. 7 in singles while his teammate Andrew Li is No. 92. The doubles pair of Eubanks and Carlos Benito are ranked No. 32 while Carlos Divar and Carlos Benito come in at No. 66. Georgia Tech finished the season 17-7 and finished fourth in the ACC with a record of 8-4 in conference play. Their ACC tournament championship hopes ended when they fell to Wake Forest 4-0 in the semifinals.
You can follow all of the tournament action by following the Gophers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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