UT on the road for NCAA tennis

The Tennessee men's tennis team will face UNC Wilmington in the opening round of the NCAA tennis championships next week in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Host North Carolina (13-7), seeded No. 15, will face College of Charleston (18-4) in the other match.

Although dates and times were not announced on Tuesday, the matches likely will be May 12 and 13.

The winner of the four-team region advances to the NCAA round of 16.

"We would have loved to have hosted, but we actually really like our draw," UT coach Sam Winterbotham said in a school release. "We guessed either North Carolina would come to us or we would go to them. They're a very good team. To be in their regional, it's a tough place to go. We need to be prepared for every team in that regional."

The Vols (14-13) have played UNC Wilmington (17-6) only once, a 7-0 victory in 2008. While the two teams have very little dual match experience against each other historically, both schools play often in fall singles and doubles tournaments around the region.

"We know UNC Wilmington is a very good program," Winterbotham said. "Their coach does a very good job of getting their players ready, and they compete well. We're sort of familiar with that team by playing them in tournaments throughout the fall. We know we've got our work cut out in the first round, and that's all we're focusing on right now."

Women's Tennis: Tennessee will make its 18th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, traveling to Charlottesville, Va., next weekend for the first and second rounds.

No. 22 Tennessee (14-12) will face Virginia Commonwealth (20-4) at 11 a.m. May 11 while No. 14 seed Virginia, the host school, will play Fairleigh Dickinson.

The winners meet on May 12 for a spot in the round of 16 in Athens, Ga. The championship site hosts the final four rounds from May 17-22.

"We're excited to get into the tournament and looking forward to preparing for VCU," co-head coach Mike Patrick said.

Softball: Junior third baseman Raven Chavanne was named the USA Softball national collegiate player of the week, but her status for tonight's game against No. 7 Louisville at 6 p.m. at Lee Stadium is questionable.

Chavanne, who was involved in a hard collision against Ole Miss last Sunday, batted .833 (10 for 12).

Women's Golf: Tennessee's goal is a top-eight finish at the NCAA Central Region, May 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio, in order to move on to the national tournament.

The Lady Vols are seeded fifth in the 24-team Central Region, staged on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.

"We've played a regional at Ohio State and the NCAA championship has been there as well so (assistant coach) Marci (Turner) and I have are familiar with the course,'' Lady Vols coach Judi Pavon. "It's a tough but fair course that should suit our team well.''

Women's Track: UT's sprint-medley relay quartet was named SEC women's runner of the week for its victory at the Penn Relays.

Brittany Jones, Martinique Octave, Ellen Wortham and Chanelle Price ran the third-fastest time (3:43.79) in school history.

Baseball: Doug Mansolino, a 13-year major league coaching veteran and current minor league infield coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies, will the guest speaker at Tennessee's baseball luncheon at noon on Thursday in the MVP Club Room at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tickets for the event are $10 per person with UT Bullpen Club members receiving a $5 discount.

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