April 29, 2014
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. ---The NCAA announced that the No. 71 nationally ranked Fresno State women's tennis team will face No. 17 Michigan in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Championship on May 9 at 11 a.m. PT in the regional hosted by USC at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.
"We feel great, we get to see a new team so we are excited to get to go play Michigan for the first time," said Fresno State head coach Ryan Stotland. "We are used to the California sunshine, it's going to feel more like home than anywhere else, we're excited to stay here."
Last weekend the Bulldogs (16-8) won their first Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship in program history to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is Fresno State's 16th NCAA appearance as a program and first since 2011.
Fresno State has a strong background in the big tournament, the 'Dogs notched 14 straight appearances from 1996-2009 and have advanced the Sweet 16 four times in program history. The last time the Bulldogs made it that far was in 2009, the same year they ran off a 13 match win streak in route to the WAC conference title, followed by a pair of NCAA opening round wins over Eastern Kentucky and Illinois.
Earning a No. 16 seed into the tournament, USC hosts the Bulldogs along with Michigan and Idaho for the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship. The winner of the Fresno State-Michigan matchup will face either USC or Idaho in the second round of the tournament on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m.
Michigan currently holds a national ranking of No. 17 and finished regular season play with a 21-4 overall record. With an undefeated conference mark in 2014, the Wolverines had a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to No. 16 Northwestern to finish runner-up in the Big Ten Tournament last weekend.
Coming off a conference championship win over New Mexico on Sunday, Fresno State (16-8) looks to carry momentum in the tournament as it has won 12 straight matches and 14 of its last 15 played.
"When you are winning you can always find a way, we know how to pick it up and win," added Stotland on the Bulldogs current win streak. "I think that will make a big difference in the way we approach this match, we won't have any doubts."
To view the full NCAA women's tennis bracket please visit NCAA.com.
2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Regional Hosted by #16 USC
Marks Stadium Los Angeles, Calif. May 9-10
First Round Friday, May 9
11 a.m. -- Michigan (21-4) vs. Fresno State (16-8)
2 p.m. --  USC (16-7) vs. Idaho (19-5)
Second Round Saturday, May 10
3 p.m. -- Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2
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