COLLEGE STATION, TX — The 11th-ranked Texas A&M men's tennis team received its 26th consecutive bid to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship, announced Monday evening. The Aggies were named one of 16 host schools as the No. 13 seed and host first-and second-round action at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, May 3-4. The Maroon and White take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-8) in the NCAA opening round, while No. 21 Oklahoma (15-10) and No. 26 Arizona (17-6) compete in the other first-round contest.
First-round matches in College Station begin on Friday, May 3, with the Sooners and Wildcats facing off at 10 a.m., followed by the Aggies (20-7) and Islander at 1 p.m. The two winners will meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, to determine which team advances to next weekend’s Round of 16 matchup against the winner of the regional in Winston-Salem, hosted by No. 3 Wake Forest.
The 2019 selection marks the 27th overall appearance for the men's tennis team in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Aggies hosted the first and second rounds in College Station, defeating Lamar and No. 18 Baylor en route to the NCAA Semifinals in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Aggies bested Alabama, No. 13 Baylor before falling to eventual National Champion and host No. 1 Wake Forest.
The NCAA Selection Committee named Ohio State (1), Texas (2), Florida (3), Wake Forest (4), Virginia (5), Baylor (6), Mississippi State (7), USC (8), North Carolina (9), TCU (10), UCLA (11), Stanford (12), Texas A&M (13), Tennessee (14), Illinois (15) and Columbia (16) the national seeds. In addition to the four national seeds from the SEC, six additional teams were named to the field of 64 (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt).
All-session and single match tickets will be on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Texas A&M students with a valid student ID are free, compliments of Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888-992-4443, online at www.12thmanfoundation.comor in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kyle Field Box Office located on the north end of the stadium. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mitchell Tennis Center starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3.