KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (School release) -- The #23 Tennessee Lady Vol soccer team (15-6-0) has picked up the program's ninth all-time selection among the NCAA Field of 64, according to Monday's announcement of the national tournament bracket via NCAA.com, and will open its run by hosting 2010 College Cup participant Ohio State (10-8-2) at the Regal Soccer Stadium on Sat., Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. ET.
Wisconsin Milwaukee will serve as the host for its match against Illinois State with that winner set to face the survivor of the Lady Vol-OSU contest in the second round on Nov. 18. In other action over UT's eight-team section of the bracket, Radford (15-5-1) visits one of the national top seeds in Duke (17-3-1) while Kansas welcomes in Georgia (12-6-2).
"It's a privilege to be in the NCAA Field of 64," Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly said. "We've learned the hard way how grateful you need to be. I think our body of work this season has certainly prepared us for what we might face. It's going to be a heck of a battle for whatever team in this country is the last one standing. That team is going to have had to play great soccer, stayed unified and healthy and battled some wonderful opponents. We're very excited to be a part of the NCAA Tournament and also excited to be playing at home on Saturday."
Ticket prices at Regal Stadium will be $7 for adults, $3 for both UT and Ohio State students (must show your valid student ID at the ticket office during normal business hours or on game day) and $1 for children ages five and under. Gates at the stadium will open one hour prior to kick-off or at 1 p.m. ET. The Tennessee ticket office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 1-800-332-VOLS (8657) or you can now begin ordering tickets online 24 hours a day/seven days a week at UTTix.com.
UT holds a 10-7-2 all-time record in eight previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, having participated in the annual showcase event during each season over a stretch from 2001-2008. The Big Orange has also advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 on five separate occasions (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007) with the last appearance occurring back on Nov. 24, 2007, in Portland, Ore., against the home-standing Portland Pilots (L, 0-3). Tennessee's last participation among the "Field of 64" came back on Nov. 14, 2008, when UT dropped a 2-0 decision in Chapel Hill, N.C., to Charlotte.