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Furman To Play No. 20 Tennessee Saturday In NCAA Tournament

Georgie Walker
Georgie Walker

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will play No. 20 Tennessee Saturday at 11 a.m. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C., in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championship.

The Paladins (26-1), who earned a No. 3 seed for just the second time in program history, will square off against the Volunteers (19-7) in the ninth meeting between the two schools.  The teams last met in 2017, when Tennessee topped Furman, 4-2, in a neutral match in Atlanta.

Furman is part of a 64-team field that is competing at regional sites May 3-4 for round one, with 32 teams advancing to the second round, which will be held May 4-5 at the same regional sites.  The winner of Saturday's match will advance to face either 12th-ranked N.C. State or VCU on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The final 16 teams will advance to the super regional competition on May 10-11.  The team semifinals and finals are scheduled for May 17-19 at the USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center) in Orlando, Fla.  Individual singles and doubles play is set for May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus. 

"This weekend is a big opportunity for our program," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "We have put in a lot of work to get to this point, and we are ready for a really tough match against Tennessee."

Furman, which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 19th SoCon Championship, is making its third-straight and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament.  

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information