Army junior Erin Colton
May 1, 2012
From Army Athletic Communications
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Army will face No. 8 Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship on Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m., ET. The Crimson Tide will serve as first-time hosts for the first and second rounds, with all matches slated for the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State will also compete in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Army (22-6) will be making its 12th appearance at the national tournament after earning the Patriot League's automatic bid by topping Navy in the conference title match for the second straight year. With 22 victories, the Black Knights surpassed the 20-win mark for the fifth consecutive year and sixth time under the direction of 18th-year head coach Paul Peck.
Army, who fell to No. 11 Virginia, 4-0, in last season's First Round, will be looking for its first NCAA win (0-11) when it faces first-time opponent Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (17-4) received an at-large bid to the NCAAs after falling to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals. Alabama is making its 11th trip to the national stage and third time in the past four years. The Crimson Tide is 5-10 all-time at the NCAA Championship, including a 1-1 record at the 2011 tournament. Alabama defeated Utah in the first round before falling to SEC foe Georgia in the second.
The Crimson Tide was ranked No. 9 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, while Georgia Tech stood at No. 24 and OSU landed at No. 37; Army was unranked. The Yellow Jackets (14-11) and Cowgirls (11-9), who both received at-large invites, will face off in the day's first match at noon, and will face the winner of the Army-Alabama contest on Saturday, May 12.
Tickets for the first and second rounds will be available on RollTide.com or by visiting or calling the Alabama Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX. In addition, tickets will be on sale at the gate on May 11 and 12. The cost per session is $5 for adults and $3 for children.