Head coach Jay Louderback and the Irish will make their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend.

Irish Earn No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament, Will Host Early-Round Action

May 4, 2010

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The sixth-ranked Irish women’s tennis team has been tabbed the No. 5 overall seed and will host the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, the NCAA selection committee announced Tuesday.

First-round action begins May 14 at the Courtney Tennis Center with Iowa and Boise State facing off, while the Irish meet IPFW. The winners of both matches will meet in the second round on May 15.

Notre Dame will make its 15th consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Irish earned the BIG EAST Conference’s automatic bid after winning their third straight league title on April 25.

Notre Dame has reached the NCAA Round of 16 on seven occasions and advanced to the quarterfinals in 1996, 2006 and 2007. Last season, the Irish reached the semifinals for the first time in program history.

The Courtney Tennis Center will play host to NCAA women’s tournament action for the fourth time in five years, after being the national site in 1998 and an early-round venue in 1997, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’06 and ’07. Notre Dame holds a 12-2 home record in NCAA play, including a 10-0 mark since 2000.

The Irish are ranked sixth in the country with a 22-3 record. Notre Dame has won seven straight matches, outscoring opponents 36-5 during that span. The Irish’s only losses this season came at the hands of top-seeded Baylor, second-seeded North Carolina and 10th-seeded Duke.

Notre Dame is 5-0-1 against IPFW, but the two schools have not met since 1980. The Mastodons will make their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance after claiming the Summit League Championship and earning the conference’s automatic bid. IPFW is 24-5 this season and has won 21 straight matches, dating back to Feb. 21.

Notre Dame is 17-1 all-time against Iowa, including a 6-1 victory in Iowa City to open the 2010 season. The Irish are 1-0 against Boise State.

The NCAA Championship features a field of 64 teams, consisting of 31 automatic-qualifying conference champions and 33 at-large selections. The first and second rounds will take play May 14-15 at 16 campus sites. The later rounds of the single-elimination tournament will be held in Athens, Ga., May 20-31.

The draws for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be announced Wednesday.

For ticket information, visit www.UND.com or call 574-631-7356.