May 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane University women's tennis team will battle Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Championship next Saturday in South Bend, Ind., the NCAA announced Thursday.
Tulane will meet the 16th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, May 12. If the Wave wins its opening round match, it will move on to play the winner of the contest between host Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan on Sunday. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in the nation. The final 16 for the women's tournament will be held at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Tulane has a 13-10 record and the No. 51 ranking in the nation. They will be making their second trip to the NCAAs in the last three years. Head coach David Schumacher, the Conference USA Coach of the Year, guided his program to the C-USA Championship last weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss., upsetting top seeded UAB in the title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After a tough early-season schedule which saw the Wace face nine nationally-ranked opponents, Schumacher has led Tulane to a 11-2 record in its last 13 matches.
Senior Anna Monhartova (Plzen, Czech Republic) leads the Wave women with a No. 22 national ranking. She was recently named first team All-Conference USA for the third year in a row. Sophomore Julie Morris (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Joyce Bergman (Pinehurst, N.C.) both collected all-league second team honors while freshman Nancy Kockott (East London, South Africa) was honored as a third team selection.
Monhartova, who has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, has compiled an impressive 16-6 record in dual matches, playing at No. 1 singles. She has won six straight matches and 12 of her last 13. In addition to the team bid, Monhartova was tabbed to play in the singles championship, also to be held at Stone Mountain.