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Top College Teams Compete in the NCAA Tournament

May 16, 2008 12:43 PM

It might not be as well known as basketball’s “March Madness,” but collegiate tennis’ “May Madness” is in full stride. The best of the best in the world of college tennis are competing for that coveted national championship, and many of the universities from the South are still alive.

Georgia Tech and Arkansas remain in the draw to compete for the Division I Women’s National Championship. Both teams made it through the Round of 16 and are part of only 8 teams still alive competing for the championship. Georgia Tech, seeded 3rd in the country, defeated Texas 4-2 in the Round of 16. Arkansas, seeded 17th, ousted 2nd seeded Georgia 4-2. If both Georgia Tech and Arkansas win their quarterfinal matches they will face each other for the right to compete in the national championship on May 20th at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, OK.

Division I Round of 16 action for the men will begin on May 16th, also in Tulsa. Two teams from the South, 5th seeded Arkansas and 12th seeded North Carolina will face each other to move on to the quarterfinals. Also still competing to advance to the national championship on May 20th is 8th seeded Tennessee and 4th seeded Georgia. Georgia comes into the tournament play looking to defend the national championship they won a year ago.

The Women’s Division II tournament is in the semifinals, where 2nd seeded Armstrong-Atlantic State made it to their 5th straight national semifinal, beating Barry 5-1. 4th seeded Valdosta State beat Hawaii Pacific 5-0 and will move on to face Lynn. The Men’s Division II saw 3 teams from the South in quarterfinal action. Francis Marion and Valdosta State both had successful seasons, but failed to make it to the semifinals. Top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State defeated the defending national champions, Lynn, 5-3 in the quarterfinals to remain undefeated on the season.

 

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