May 5, 1999
The University of California and the 6th-ranked Golden Bear women's tennis team were selected by the NCAA, Wednesday, as one of 16 First and Second Round Regional hosts for the 1999 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.
The Regional, which will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center on the Berkeley campus May 15-16, opens with Cal facing Army at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, followed by Marquette and San Diego State at 2 p.m. The winners of each match will advance to Sunday's 10 a.m. final with the regional champion earning a berth in the NCAA Championships in Gainesville Florida, May 20-28. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and will be available at the door.
The new 16-site Regional system is a departure from the championship procedure used last year, in which the Top 8 seeds received automatic berth in the round of 16 with the remaining eight slots being filled by the champions from each of eight regionals sites.
Cal (16-4) is making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the inception of the women's championships in 1982. The Bears first round opponent, Army (18-8), is making its NCAA Tournament debut. The 1999 Patriot League Champions, the Cadets are led by Annie Weber, who won a team-best 22 matches this season.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 30 San Diego State (16-9) of the Western Athletic Conference will do battle with No. 26 Marquette (18-5), champions of Conference USA.