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Massachusetts Tennis begins the NCAA quest with a first-round matchup at #2 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. – University of Massachusetts Tennis looks forward to its third NCAA team tournament appearance in program history against No. 2 Stanford at Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

The winner will face the winner of Baylor/LSU in the second round on Saturday, May 4th.

After winning their first Atlantic 10 championship since the 2016-17 season, initially under the leadership of head coach Juancarlos Nunez, the Minutewomen are looking to earn their first win ever in the NCAA Tournament.

UMass looks to continue its impressive postseason run after securing the 2024 A-10 title as a No. 3 seed. Massachusetts received a bye to the quarterfinals thanks to its regular season record of 15-7, (4-1 A-10), defeated No. 6 Rhode Island 4-0 and advanced to the semifinals, where the team defeated No. 2 Saint Louis , 4-1. The Minutewomen ended their A-10 run in the finals, defeating No. 8 Richmond 4-2 to take the crown.

Nine of the ten Minutewomen hold postseason singles wins records, and four of the five doubles teams also hold the same distinction.

Minute women in the tournament
UMass made it to the NCAA Tournament twice before this season. The Minutewomen's first appearance at the NCAA Championships came in the 2000-01 season, when the team won its first A-10 title after defeating then-No. 2 seed George Washington 4-2. In its first NCAA appearance, Massachusetts faced Arizona State in the first round.

The Minutewomen earned automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament for their 2017 performance under the leadership of Judy Dixon with a 4-2 victory over then-No. 1 seed VCU in the A-10 Championship. UMass faced No. 1 Florida in the first round in Gainesville, Florida.

Exploring Stanford
The Cardinals are the most decorated program in collegiate and Stanford University history, having won 20 of their possible 41 NCAA championships. In addition, the team was runner-up in the NCAA Tournament seven times.

Currently, the Cardinals have a cumulative postseason record of 166-22 since the NCAA's current format was adopted in 1982.

Stanford's appearance in the 2024 NCAA Tournament marks the third time in the last 15 tournaments that the Cardinal has received a seed higher than No. 5. The Cardinal's 2024 tournament campaign also marks the 24th time Stanford will host the first two rounds of games; remained undefeated at home during this time.

About the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
The first and second rounds of the team championships begin on May 3rd and 4th before the Super Regionals on May 10th and 11th. The quarterfinals continue on May 17th, with the semifinals following on May 19th. The championship will take place on May 19th.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the Greenwood Tennis Center.

For complete coverage and live updates on University of Massachusetts tennis, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram at @UMassTennis and online at UMassAthletics.com. A live stream and live statistics for the first round game on Friday at 4 p.m. can be found here.

Anna Harden

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