FGCU Women's Tennis Receives At Large Bid in NCAA Tournament
by Matt Collver
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s tennis team received a bid to play in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Like the men’s tournament, the women will play first and second round matches on May 4-6 with the finals on May 10-13.
The championships consist of a 16-team single elimination tournament. Each of the following eight regions will conduct two first and second-round tournaments: East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, South, Great Lakes, Central, North Central and West.
The Eagles are ranked No. 20 in the most recent national poll. They hold the fourth spot in the Southeast Region rankings. FGCU will play No. 5 Nova Southeastern University (No. 9 nationally) in the first round in Boca Raton, Fla. If they defeat Nova Southeastern, the Eagles will play the winner of the match between Southeast region top-seed Lynn University (No. 5 nationally) and No. 8 Presbyterian College in the second round.
FGCU defeated Nova Southeastern earlier this season in a key Southeast Region match. The Eagles won 6-3 off of victories from the No. 1, 3, and 6 singles and all three doubles matches. FGCU had three victories over other Top 30 teams this season including a 9-0 shutout over Florida Southern which was ranked No. 21 at that time.
Twenty conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2006 women's championships. The Eagles received an at large bid for its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In the 2005 championships, Armstrong Atlantic State defeated defending champion Brigham Young University- Hawaii, 5-3, for its third championship title.