May 07, 2024

UNK aiming for fourth Sweet 16 trip

Posted May 07, 2024 12:18 PM

Story by UNK Athletic Communications 

Kearney, Neb. – The 15th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney women's tennis team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018 and for the 12th time in program history.

UNK (19-5) is the top seed in the six-team Central Region and will play either fourth-seed Northwest Missouri or fifth-seed Augustana at Harmon Park this Saturday, May 11. First serve time is set for 2 p.m.

The Bearcats (21-4) and Vikings (18-4) will square off Friday in Harmon at noon. In the Central, the top two seeds each host a three-team regional with the winners advancing to the "Sweet 16" May 20-24 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Washburn is the two seed in the region with their bracket featuring Southeastern Oklahoma State and Missouri Western. UNK is 6-11 all-time in the NCAA's, reaching the "Sweet 16" in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The Lopers are 2-0 at Harmon in the NCAA's, winning matches in 2010 (vs. Augustana) and 2012 (vs. Western New Mexico).During the regular season, the Lopers won at Northwest by a 5-2 score and lost at Augustana, 4-3, in a match played indoors. The win over Northwest snapped a seven-match losing streak in the series with UNK not having beaten Augie since that 2010 NCAA match.