Women’s Tennis

Miami Hurricanes again selected to host NCAA women’s tennis regionals

 

sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

The University of Miami women’s tennis program was named the No. 12 national seed Tuesday and one of 16 teams to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament May 9-10.

The No. 15 Hurricanes (19-5) — expected to rise when the next rankings are released Thursday — will face unranked Patriot League champion Boston University (14-6) at 2 p.m. a week from Friday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

No. 18 Oklahoma (16-6) will face No. 54 Wichita State (19-6) in the first match at 11 a.m.

This will be the 10th consecutive year Miami has been chosen to host an NCAA regional.

UM is one of five programs that have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round eight consecutive years — and the nation’s only team that has advanced to the Elite Eight five consecutive years.

“It seems like with every year the stakes rise,’’ UM coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said by phone after the NCAA released the field. “You always have to back it up. It’s amazing, but I never really sit back and look at the numbers. We take it day by day.

“It’s a huge advantage to be hosting the first two rounds in our weather on our turf.”

The Hurricanes have reached the NCAA tourney 19 consecutive years, 13 of those under Yaroshuk-Tews.

“I’m really proud of the girls,’’ Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I always say consistency is the hardest thing to keep up in a program.’’

The winner of each of the 16 regionals advances to the NCAA national tournament May 15-20 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

On Wednesday, the NCAA will announce the draw for the individual NCAA tennis championships that follow the team tournament.

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