NEW YORK - The Columbia men's tennis team learned its post-season fate Tuesday night in the Dodge Fitness Center, as the Lions gathered to watch the NCAA Selection Show at 6:30 p.m. No. 42 nationally-ranked Columbia was perched squarely on the bubble, waiting to hear whether its 18-4 season would continue into May.
And they heard just what they wanted to hear: the Columbia men's tennis team was selected for an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. The Lions will travel to Charlottesville, Va., where they will take on No.31 nationally-ranked Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA National Championship Tournament.
It is only the second time in school history that men's tennis has been selected to play in the NCAA tournament without the help of the Ivy League's automatic bid. In 1998, Harvard won the Ivy League championship, and both Columbia and Princeton were also selected to participate in the postseason.
VCU (22-4) earned a bid as the CAA conference champions, and the two teams will face off at the University of Virginia, Saturday May 12, in a 9 a.m. match. Virginia, the host school, is the top seed, as they are the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament. They will take on another local team, NEC champions Fairleigh Dickinson, at the conclusion of the Columbia/VCU match.
Winners of the two matches will face off to advance, Sunday, May 13.
2012 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL
SATURDAY, MAY 12
9 a.m. VCU (22-4) vs. Columbia (18-4) [men's first round]
12 p.m. Virginia (24-1) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (15-8) [men's first round]
SUNDAY, MAY 13
12 p.m. Men's Second Round