CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s tennis team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the No. 3 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship tournament on Saturday, May 14 at noon.
The match will be played at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, where UNC will host first and second round matches of the 64-team NCAA Championship tournament. Live stats for the event can be found at GoHeels.com.
The Cougars earned a bid to the NCAA tournament after securing their first Colonial Athletic Association championship back on April 24. They defeated No. 67 ranked UNCW, 4-3, to clinch their bid. Charleston’s record now stands at 19-6, and they are riding a seven game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, and own a record of 25-4 in 2016. The College will have its hands full, as the Tar Heels have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.
Sophomore Juan Estevarena leads the Cougars with an 18-5 record in the No. 1 singles position, and was honored as a All-CAA First Team member for his efforts. Estevarena and his double partner, Rodrigo Encinas also picked up All-CAA First Team honors as a tandem, with a record of 15-5. They were ranked as high as No. 66 in the nation as a pair. Encinas picked up a All-CAA Second Team nod for his efforts in singles play.
The first round match between Dartmouth and Tulane will also take place at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis center in May 14, starting at 9 a.m. The winners of each of the first round matches will then face off on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. for a spot in the Sweet 16. Tickets for the event are $5 per person, and include all matches on a particular day. Children ages six and under are admitted for free.
For a look at the complete NCAA tournament bracket, head over the NCAA.com, and for additional information regarding the College of Charleston men’s tennis team, head over to CofCSports.com.