April 30, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the 100th year of Michigan State tennis, the Spartans earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament. MSU earned an at-large bid Tuesday evening and will face Tulsa in the first round on Friday, May 10 in Waco, Texas.
"It means a lot, it's a big year for us," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We've been celebrating 100-years of Spartan Tennis and to clinch our first ever NCAA berth on the 100th anniversary is really special. It's been a special year in many ways."
The first and second regional rounds are scheduled for May 10-11, with the final rounds set for May 16-21 in Urbana, Ill. If the Spartans advance past Tulsa, they will face the winner of Baylor and Prairie View.
"We've been waiting a long time and I was wondering if this time would ever come," Orlando said. "We had such a great year and I knew we were so close to making it and we were on the bubble. When our named popped up I was super excited."
After earning a first round win in the Big Ten Tournament last weekend, MSU enters the tournament with a 14-13 overall record and a 6-5 mark in conference action.
The Spartans finished the season playing their most consistent tennis of the year, winning seven of their last ten matches that included seven ranked opponents. MSU notched seven total wins over ranked opponents throughout the season, including a 6-1 win over No. 16 Vanderbilt and a 4-3 win over No. 17 South Carolina.