Men's Tennis Faces Virginia In NCAA Tournament Saturday




May 9, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's tennis team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history on Saturday, May 10, as the Black Knights head to Charlottesville, Va., for an opening round match against the University of Virginia. The match is slated for a 12 p.m. start at the Snyder Tennis Center, with the Boar's Head Sports Club serving as a back-up facility in case of inclement weather.

The Black Knights (20-5) and the Cavaliers (23-2) will meet in the second match of the day, while Penn State (21-5) and UNC-Wilmington (15-6) will play at 9 a.m. The winners of Saturday's matches will do battle on Sunday for the chance to advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Army men's tennis fans unable to make the trip to Virginia can follow the match through live scoring, with a link provided on www.goARMYsports.com. Live Twitter updates will also be provided through the official handle of the Army men's tennis team (@ArmyMensTennis).

Army reaches the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history after earning the Patriot League's automatic bid with a 4-1 win over Navy on April 27. Prior to topping the Midshipmen in the championship match, the Black Knights got past Lehigh in the semifinals and Lafayette in the quarterfinals.

Senior Asika Isoh was named to the All-Patriot League First Team earlier this week to become the third player in team history to earn the honor during each of his four years.

Junior Alex Van Velzer, who was named the Patriot League Tournament's most-valuable player, drew second team honors, while freshmen Sam Lampman and Grant Riechmann also landed on the all-conference second team. Additionally, Lampman was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Army head coach Jim Poling was selected as Coach of the Year after leading the Black Knights to the NCAAs for the fourth time in his 12 seasons at the helm.

Ranked fourth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Virginia enters this year's NCAA Tournament as the defending national championships, after topping UCLA in last year's title match. The Cavaliers boast an impressive NCAA Tournament resume, as they have compiled 39 wins in the event since 2004, which ranks second nationally behind Georgia (40).

Virginia has won 14 matches in a row dating back to a 6-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on March 7. The Cavaliers won their eighth-straight ACC Championship on April 27 after knocking off Florida State in the quarterfinals, Notre Dame in the semifinals and North Carolina in the championship.

Army is 1-1 all-time against Virginia, most recently falling to the Cavaliers in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Black Knights' series win came back in 1937.

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