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Alabama State Tennis starts NCAA play on Friday

Men and women both advance to postseason.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

Alabama State Tennis starts NCAA play on Friday

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Two-time defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Alabama State heads to Nashville to face top-ranked Vanderbilt in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Regional.

Alabama State (12-8) is making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA First and Second Rounds, traveling to Georgia Tech last season after winning the conference championship. The Lady Hornets earned the automatic bid from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) after breezing through the regular season and conference tournament undefeated against conference opponents. The Lady Hornets have won eight of their last 10 matches heading in postseason play.

Top-seeded Vanderbilt (22-3), who earned their first-ever number one seed in the tournament, won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament championship with a 4-0 victory over Florida. The Commodores finished the conference regular season with just one loss (12-1) as they dropped a match to Mississippi State on March 15 on the road – their last loss this season as they have reeled off 11 consecutive victories.

Men’s Tennis play Florida State

Two-time defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Alabama State heads south for the NCAA First and Second Rounds, drawing 11th-seed and host Florida State in the opening round.

Alabama State (12-8) earned an automatic bid by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournament with a pair of wins, while breezing through the regular season and conference tournament undefeated against conference opponents. The Hornets have won eight of their last nine matches heading into the NCAA Tournament, with their only loss in the streak coming at the hands of Auburn on the road.

Top-seeded Florida State (27-4) earned a national seed for the first time since 2009 after winning a school record 27 matches. The Seminoles earned a program-high 10 wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), finishing third in the regular season conference standings. They opened the season by winning 23 of their first 24 matches, before dropping three of their last seven including in the conference tournament semifinals.

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