April 29, 2014
WEST PONT, N.Y. - Following its Patriot League Championship win over Navy on Sunday, the Army men's tennis team learned Tuesday evening that it will face fourth-seeded Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on May 10. Army's first round match will take place at the University of Virginia.
Virginia enters the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship as the defending championship after defeating UCLA in the title match a season ago.
Army makes its sixth trip to the NCAAs this season, and its fourth under 12th-year head coach Jim Poling. The Black Knights last reached the national tournament in 2011 and faced No. 8 Stanford in the opening round. Army has gone 20-5 so far this season, marking just the fourth 20-win year in program history. The squad finished a perfect 7-0 in Patriot League regular-season competition before topping Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy in the conference tournament.
"It's exciting our guys are pumped for a chance to play them," Poling said. "They're a great team. They're fourth in the nation and the won [the national championship] last year. We'll do our best and fight like Army tennis does."
"They're the defending champs and I'm really excited, it's going to be a good challenge," said freshman Sam Lampman. "I haven't been to that site personally, but I know a couple guys on the team, so it will be exciting to show them what Army tennis is about."
Army is 1-1 all-time against Virginia, most recently falling to the Cavaliers in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Black Knights' series win came back in 1937.