BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 41st-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team will travel to Lexington, Ky. to open the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships against 22nd-ranked Michigan. Tech and Michigan will play a noon match on Friday, May 10 at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center.
Tech (15-9) and the Wolverines (16-9) will be joined by host-team Kentucky (20-11) and Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan (19-9).
With this year’s at-large bid, the Hokies will make their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tech and Michigan last met during the 2010-11 season when the Wolverines edged the Hokies 4-2 in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
Virginia Tech is led by 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year, Amerigo Contini who holds a 16-5 overall record in duals, including a 7-2 mark at the No. 1. Contini was also named to the All-ACC team along with fellow freshman Andreas Bjerrehus. Bjerrehus has tallied a 15-7 record in duals with an 8-5 tally in the No. 2. The pair have been ranked all season in singles and are currently 61st and 97th, respectively. In doubles, the two teamed up and currently hold a national ranking of 32nd with a 13-6 record at the No. 1 doubles.
Tech has also had solid performances this season from freshman Joao Monteiro with an 11-5 duals mark and sophomore Hunter Koontz who is 12-10 overall and 7-6 at the No. 3. Senior Lucas Oliveira has posted a 12-10 record this season.
The Wolverines’ Evan King has posted a 22-1 record in the No. 1 singles this season and is ranked 13th in the ITA. Barrett Franks has added a 17-6 mark while Alex Buzzie is 12-3.
Michigan posted a 9-2 record in B1G play this season with wins over every league team except Minnesota and Ohio State. The Wolverines fell to OSU in the B1G title match last weekend, 4-2.
Kentucky holds the top seed in the regional event and holds an eighth-seed overall in the tournament. The Wildcats fell to Georgia, 4-3 in the SEC tournament. UK will face WMU in the first round on May 10.
The winners of the opening round match will advance to play on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament - Lexington, Ky., Regional
- (1) Kentucky
- (2) Michigan
- (3) Virginia Tech
- (4) Western Michigan
Friday, May 10th, 2013
Match 1 (Round of 64) - Michigan vs. Virginia Tech (Noon ET)
Match 2 (Round of 64) - Western Michigan vs. Kentucky (not before 3:00 p.m. ET)
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Match 3 (Round of 32) - Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner (2:00 p.m. ET)
Tickets for the first and second rounds will go on sale Monday, May 6th. Fans can purchase championship passes and single-day tickets by calling 1-800-928-CATS or in person at the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center in Lexington, Ky. The Joe Craft Center is open 9 a.m. ET - 4 p.m. ET on Monday-Friday.
Ticket prices include:
Adult tournament pass - $10
Child/Senior tournament pass - $6
Adult single-day pass - $6
Child/Senior single-day pass - $4
Spectators may park free of charge each day in the Residential R-3 lots located on the north and south sides of the Nutter Training Center. Discounted parking vouchers at $3.00 may be purchased each day for those who park in Parking Structure #7 next to the tennis complex. Vouchers will be available at the admissions tent outside the Boone Tennis Center.
Additional information will be released later in the week.
For updates on Virginia Tech men's tennis, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_MTennis).