The Florida Gator Women’s tennis team is set to host the first and second round of the 2017 NCAA tournament this weekend. The Gators are chosen as the No. 1 seed in the 64-team draw.
Past NCAA Championships:
Since the expansion of the field to 64 teams in 1999 the Gators have been selected to host the first and second rounds every year.
Only missing one championship in 1986, the women’s team has appeared in all NCAA Championships. Racking up six team titles and advancing to at least the semifinals 23 times in the past 29 years.
What to Expect This Year:
This is the 14th time the Gators are chosen as the No. 1 seed. Already playing 21 of its 26 matches against teams that made the NCAA tournament field. Finishing those matches with an 18-3 record. Florida will also be one of 12 SEC schools participating in the tournament this year.
With such a stacked tournament Head Coach Roland Thornqvist said, although the gators are the number one seed there are a handful of other teams that could win it all. Thornqvist said the tournaments scoring and the caliber of teams in this year’s tournament is what makes it so competitive.
— Gator Women's Tennis (@GatorsWTN) May 2, 2017
The Florida Gators (23-3) will face Massachusetts (12-7) for the first time in program history. Massachusetts will come into this tournament as the Atlantic 10 Champions and will be looking to take down powerhouse Florida. They will play each other Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m ET.
Other first round matches will also start on Saturday with the first match at 10 a.m ET when South Florida takes on Miami (Fla.)