Red Raiders selected to NCAA field of 64

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's tennis team was selected to its third-consecutive NCAA Championships berth Tuesday as the Red Raiders drew the No. 3 seed in the Austin regional set to begin May 8.

The Red Raiders will face No. 2-seed Washington (14-8) in the opening round with the winner advancing to face either top-seed Texas (19-5) or fourth-seed Sacred Heart (14-8) the following day. Texas, who will host the regional at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center, received the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament.

"We are obviously excited to be in the NCAA Championships for the third-consecutive season," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "I have the up-most respect for (Washington head coach) Matt Anger and his program. Hopefully we will go to Austin and play well because it should be an interesting regional."

Tech finished the regular season ranked No. 36 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after posting a 13-11 overall record and fifth-place finish in the Big 12 Conference.

The postseason berth is the fourth in the last five years for the Red Raiders, who have not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, which was the school's first trip in program history.

Match times will be determined at a later date. The winner of the regional will advance to play in College Station, Texas, May 14-19, where the 2009 NCAA Champion will be crowned from the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.