DURHAM, N.C. Ė The Duke men’s tennis team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th straight season after earning a selection on Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils, fresh off their highest ranking of 2009 at No. 23 this week, will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for the first and second rounds. Duke (15-8) will face No. 51 Radford (20-3) on Friday, May 8 in the first round. The other first round matchup in the region will by the host school No. 5 Tennessee (21-6) against No. 61 East Tennessee State (13-7).
“We are excited to be making the trip to Knoxville to play Radford in the first round,” said Ramsey Smith, who will be making his first NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach. “”Radford has had a great year and have some very good international players. Our guys have been practicing well and we are all very excited to start the NCAA Tournament.”
Duke has participated in every NCAA Tournament since 1992 and has made 19 overall appearances. They have advanced as far as the Elite Eight six times and have won their first round match in each of the last 18 seasons.
The first round meeting between Duke and Radford will be the first ever match between the two schools. This season the Blue Devils have compiled a 15-8 overall record and finished fifth in the ACC standings.
Match times will be announced later this week. Selections to the NCAA Individual Championships for singles and doubles will be announced on Wednesday by the NCAA.