RICHMOND, Va. – The campuses of VCU and the University of Virginia are located less than 75 miles apart.
That makes next week's trip not only a great one, but a quick one as both of the Black & Gold's tennis squads earned at-large NCAA Tournament berths and will both play in Charlottesville. The men's team will take on Wake Forest on Friday, May 13, while the women will battle N.C. State on Saturday, May 14.
"I'm happy for all of our players and our coaches because it's a rewarding feeling after putting in so much hard work throughout the year," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "We have tough opponents for both the men and the women, so we really need to come focused and playing our top game to have a chance to advance."
For the men (22-6), it will be their 18th NCAA Tournament bid in the past 19 years, while the women (19-5) will be making their sixth consecutive postseason appearance and 12th overall.
While the basketball team's deep postseason run was something of historical proportions, the tennis squads are no stranger to postseason success. The men's squad played for the national championship in 2000, while the women reached the Elite Eight in 2002.
"There's a reason only 48 teams make this tournament, it's the best of the best," Kostin said. "Every team is good and if you want to have a chance to keep playing, you have to be at your best."
Both teams will be seeking revenge in their first round match-ups. Back on Feb. 13, the men's team traveled down to Wake Forest and dropped a tough 6-1 decision, while the women were defeated 5-2 in a road match at N.C. State.
2011 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL
FRIDAY, MAY 13
10 a.m. Wake Forest (13-11) vs. VCU (22-6) [men's first round]
1 p.m. Virginia (29-0) vs. Sacred Heart (16-7) [men's first round]
10 a.m. NC State (15-8) vs. VCU (19-5) [women's first round]
1 p.m. Virginia (18-7) vs. Army (13-11) [women's first round]
4 p.m. Men's Second Round
SUNDAY, MAY 15
1 p.m. Women's Second Round