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CAA Champions Head to Chapel Hill to Face Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament

(Tribe Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — William & Mary women’s tennis is headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the 2024 NCAA Division I Championship and faces Big Ten foe Wisconsin in the opening round, the NCAA announced on Monday.

The Tribe garnered its 26th NCAA appearance thanks to securing the CAA’s automatic bid with the program’s 29th league crown on Sunday.

The Chapel Hill Regional is set for Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the Chewning Tennis Center. The Tribe and No. 33-ranked Badgers (18-6) open play in the regional at 3 p.m. on Friday with Patriot League Champion Navy (24-6) taking on the host and ACC Champion and No. 4-seeded North Carolina (22-3) not before 6 p.m. The regional final is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

It marks the second time that W&M and Wisconsin have met in the NCAA Tournament. In the 2005 NCAA Regional in Clemson, S.C., the Tribe knocked off the No. 34-ranked Badgers, 4-1.

W&M’s 26 NCAA Tournament appearances rank 18th nationally and are second-most for a program outside the Power Five Conferences. The Green and Gold owns 21 wins in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks 27th in the country and are the second-best total, behind only Pepperdine (46), for a school from outside the Power Five. The Tribe’s best showings at the NCAA Championship came in 1997 and 1998 when it advanced to the quarterfinals.

W&M enters the NCAA Championship on a school-record tying win streak of 14 in a row and at 18-5 on the year. The Tribe upended Campbell (4-1), UNCW (4-0), and Delaware (4-0) on its way to its third-straight CAA crown, April 26-28, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C.

The winner of the Chapel Hill Regional will advance to the Super Regional, which is set for the following weekend at campus sites. The final eight teams move to the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla., May 17-19.

Regional Schedule
Friday, May 3
3 p.m. – William & Mary vs. Wisconsin
6 p.m. – Navy vs. #4 North Carolina

Saturday, May 4
6 p.m. – Second Round

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