Firebirds Women's Tennis to Challenge Defending National Champion Barry in NCAA Round of 16

Maria Vitkna and Jessica Nunez

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LOUISVILLE, KY - The University of the District of Columbia women's tennis team will take on the defending NCAA Division II National Champion, Barry University as the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 field is now complete.

The match is slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th and will be played at EP Tom Sawyer State Park.

The Firebirds (17-3), who are enjoying their best season in program history and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, came out of the East Region #2 portion of the Tournament bracket as a No. 3 seed. They defeated No. 6 Adelphi in a five-hour marathon match, 5-4, and then upset No. 2 Southern New Hampshire, 5-3, to earn a berth in the Round of 16. This marks the furthest NCAA Tournament run by any University of the District of Columbia team since the women's basketball team reached the Elite 8 in 1989.

UDC's next opponent is defending national champion and the current No. 2 ranked team in the nation, Barry University. The Buccaneers (24-0) swept Saint Leo, 5-0 on May 2nd to win the South Region #1 portion of the Tournament bracket. It is the 17th time in program history that Barry has advanced to the Round of 16. The Buccaneers are three-time reigning Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference champions.

Should the Firebirds win, they would advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals at 9 a.m. the next day and take on the winner of California University of Pennsylvania (Atlantic #1) and Cameron (South Central #2).