With a gathering of fans looking on, the Winthrop tennis teams learned Tuesday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show that the men’s team is seeded No. 4 and will travel to Duke to face No. 11 national seed Duke in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Regional while the No. 3 seed women’s team will head to Clemson for its first round match against the No. 2 seed Auburn.
The dates for the first round matches will be on May 9 or 10. The Duke Regional is both a men’s and women’s tournament site. In the other men’s first round match, No. 2 seed Tennessee (17-10) will meet No. 3 seed Elon (19-4).
Since the Clemson Regional is only a women’s tournament site, it is likely that the Winthrop vs. Auburn (16-10) match will be played on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m., according to a Clemson, but the official time has not been set. Clemson (20-6), the No. 13 national seed, will face No. 4 seed UNC Wilmington (17-3) in the other first round match.
Coach Andrew Stubbs’ men’s squad is making its ninth journey to a NCAA Regional after capturing the Big South Conference Championship on April 24. The Eagles will enter postseason play with a record of 16-9. This year marks the first NCAA appearance for Stubbs as head coach after he took the reigns from Carvalho in 2012.
Coach Cid Carvalho’s women’s squad is 18-4 on the season after capturing its 17th Big South Conference Championship last Saturday in Charleston. That 4-1 win over regular season champion Charleston Southern propelled the No. 56 ranked Eagles to their seventh straight NCAA appearance and 14th overall. Carvalho says Winthrop has never faced Auburn before in NCAA tournament play and he can’t remember ever playing the Tigers during the regular season. Only once in Winthrop’s previous 13 NCAA appearances have the Eagles been seeded as low as No. 3. That other occasion came in 2010 when Winthrop met No. 2 seeded Vanderbilt in Knoxville, TN.
Chris Miller had a chance to chat with coach Stubbs after the selection show.