Raiders take on FAU in First Round of C-USA Championship

Middle Tennessee and Owls square off at 1 p.m. on Wednesday

April 14, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Middle Tennessee women's tennis earned the No. 9 seed and will play No. 16 seed Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. CT in the programs' first Conference USA Championship. The five-day event will be held at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

The Blue Raiders completed the regular season 10-9 overall with a 3-1 record against C-USA competition. Earlier this year, MT defeated the Owls 5-2 in Boca Raton. FAU (10-10, 0-3 C-USA) has won three out of its last four matches. The winner of Wednesday's first round matchup will play No. 8 seed UTSA at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday.

The No. 20 Tulsa women's tennis team earned the top seed and a bye into the quarterfinals of the 2014 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship. No. 2-seed Rice, No. 3-seed North Texas and No. 4-seed Marshall also earned quarterfinal byes. The trio enter championship week ranked No. 21, No. 67 and No. 72, respectively, in the April 8 ITA rankings.

Championship action begins with two matches at 9 a.m. CT Wednesday, as No. 15-seed Tulane faces No. 10-seed East Carolina and No. 14-seed Charlotte takes on No. 11-seed Southern Miss. On Thursday, No. 7 Old Dominion will meet the winner of the Tulane-ECU match and No. 6 FIU will face the Charlotte-USM victor. The Thursday matches will also take place at 9 a.m. CT.

The Wednesday afternoon matches will pit No. 16 Florida Atlantic against No. 9 Middle Tennessee and No. 13 UTEP against No. 12 UAB. The FAU-MT winner will meet No. 8-seed UTSA on Thursday at 1 p.m., while the UTEP-UAB winner will draw No. 5 Louisiana Tech at the same time on Thursday.

The top four seeds will begin play on Friday at 9 a.m. with No. 2 Rice taking on the winner of the ODU-Tulane/ECU match and No. 3 North Texas meeting the FIU-Charlotte/USM winner. At 1 p.m. on Friday, No. 1 Tulsa will face the UTSA-FAU/MT winner and No. 4 Marshall meets the Louisiana Tech-UTEP/UAB winner.

Semifinals are set for 1 a.m. CT on Saturday and the championship match will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 20. For more information on the 2014 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship, visit the Championship Central page.



FIRST ROUND - Wednesday, April 16

Match 1: (15) Tulane vs. (10) East Carolina - 9 a.m.
Match 2: (14) Charlotte vs. (11) Southern Miss - 9 a.m.
Match 3: (16) Florida Atlantic vs. (9) Middle Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Match 4: (13) UTEP vs. (12) UAB - 1 p.m.

SECOND ROUND - Thursday, April 17

Match 5: winner of Match 1 vs. (7) Old Dominion - 9 a.m.
Match 6: winner of Match 2 vs. (6) FIU - 9 a.m.
Match 7: winner of Match 3 vs. (8) UTSA - 1 p.m.
Match 8: winner of Match 5 vs. (5) Louisiana Tech - 1 p.m.

QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 18

Match 9: winner of Match 5 vs. (2) Rice - 9 a.m.
Match 10: winner of Match 6 vs. (3) North Texas - 9 a.m.
Match 11: winner of Match 7 vs. (1) Tulsa - 1 p.m.
Match 12: winner of Match 8 vs. (4) Marshall - 1 p.m.

SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 19

Match 13: winner of Match 9 vs. winner of Match 10 - 11 a.m.
Match 14: winner of Match 11 vs. winner of Match 12 - 11 a.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 20

Match 15: winner of Match 13 vs. winner of Match 14 - 9 a.m.

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