April 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Both the UCLA men's and women's tennis teams received top 16 seeds to the 2008 NCAA Championships on Tuesday and have been selected to host first and second round regional action at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, May 9-11.
The UCLA women (18-5) will open up the tournament against Buffalo (12-8) on Friday, May 9 beginning at 1:00 p.m. That match will be preceded by Long Beach State (19-6) vs. Denver (22-2) at 10:00 a.m. Friday's winners will meet in the second round on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., with the winner advancing to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 15-20 in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruin women were a No. 12 seed in 2007, advancing all the way to the NCAA Final before falling to No. 3 Georgia Tech, 4-2.
The UCLA men (21-1) will face Eastern Washington (18-6) on Saturday, May 10 at Noon. Prior to that match, Wisconsin (17-9) and Washington (14-9) are scheduled to square off beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for a spot in the round of 16. The men's championships are from May 16-20, also at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruin men were a No. 9 seed a year ago, falling to eventual NCAA Champion Georgia in the quarterfinals.
Tickets for the NCAA Regionals are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students (w/valid ID). Tickets can be purchased at the front gate of the Los Angeles Tennis Center the day of the event.
NCAA Regional Schedule
Friday, May 9
10:00 a.m. - Long Beach State vs. Denver (W)
1:00 p.m. - (7) UCLA vs. Buffalo (W)
Saturday, May 10
9:00 a.m. - Wisconsin vs. Washington (M)
Noon - (3) UCLA vs. Eastern Washington (M)
3:00 p.m. - Women's Regional Final
Sunday, May 11
1:00 p.m. - Men's Regional Final