Women's Tennis Draws Georgia Tech in NCAA First Round
Post-selections video with senior captain Amanda Muliawan
Making its third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, the Princeton women's tennis team will face Georgia Tech in a first-round match to be played Friday, May 13 at South Carolina. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The winner will face the winner between host South Carolina and Winthrop, the Big South champion, Saturday at 2 p.m. South Carolina is the No. 13 overall seed in the tournament and was an at-large selection out of the SEC.
Though the ITA will release another ranking Thursday, Princeton was the No. 40 team in the nation in the most recent ranking released April 26 and Georgia Tech checked in at No. 16. In the April 26 ranking, Georgia Tech had three ITA top-125 players, including No. 32 Johnnise Renaud, No. 44 Paige Hourigan and No. 125 Rasheeda McAdoo. Hourigan and Kendal Woodard were the No. 12-ranked doubles team in the nation. Georgia Tech finished the regular season 17-8 overall and 11-3 in the ACC, advancing to the conference semifinals before losing to Miami (Fla.) 4-2.
The teams have met only once, a 5-2 Georgia Tech win in 2012 regular-season match in Atlanta.
This marks the first time Princeton has played in three straight NCAA tournaments, with the Tigers making their previous appearances in 1983, 2000, 2009 and 2010 before the current run began in 2014.
That year, Princeton won an NCAA tournament match for the first time, defeating Arizona State at Alabama. Last year, the Tigers went to Virginia to face South Carolina and came up just short, 4-3.
Other than Princeton's tournament bid in 1983 (New Mexico, vs. Stanford), when the field was 16 teams, Princeton has never played west of Alabama in the NCAAs, heading to William & Mary (2000, vs. Tennessee), Miami (2009, vs. FIU), Virginia (2010, vs. Virginia, and 2015, vs. South Carolina) and Alabama (2014, vs. Arizona State and Alabama).
The Tiger roster includes three All-Ivy League honorees, with junior Alanna Wolff earning first-team doubles recognition in 2014 and 2015 and second-team singles honors in 2014, senior Amanda Muliawan, earning second-team singles honors in 2015 and first-team singles honors in 2016, and sophomore Katrine Steffensen, who was a second-team singles honoree in 2016. Laura Granville has earned both Ivy League Coach of the Year honors since the award was inaugurated in 2015.