May 3, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Both the nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's and women's tennis teams were named to the 2006 NCAA Tennis Championships and will host a four-team regional at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
The No. 13-seed Pepperdine women (20-3) will take on Wichita State (17-7), kicking off first-round action at noon on Friday, May 12. Also facing off in the first round that day will be UCLA (13-6) and San Diego State (16-8) in a 3 p.m. match. The winners of each match will meet in the second round on Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m.
The second-seed Pepperdine men (30-2) face Montana State (15-11) on Saturday at 9 a.m., while San Diego (15-6) takes on TCU (17-9) in a 3 p.m. match that day. The second-round match is scheduled for Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m.
Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams earned automatic bids into the championships after winning the West Coast Conference title.
Teams that advance will go to the round of 16 hosted by Stanford University. The women's round of 16 kicks off on Thursday, May 18, while the men begin play on Saturday, May 20. This is the first National Tennis Championship in NCAA history that both the men's and women's teams will compete simultaneously at the same site.
Tickets for the first and second rounds sell for $5 for adults and $3 for students and children and are available by calling 866-WAVE TIX (928-3849).