May 8, 2014

Quinnipiac Women’s Tennis 2014 NCAA Tournament Update: Stanford, California

STANFORD, CALIF. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team began its journey into the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bobcats traveled throughout the day and arrived to San Francisco late in the evening. All of the travel arrangements went as planned and the team managed to get a good night's sleep in preparation for the tall task ahead of them.

On Thursday, the team slept fairly late into the morning and awoke to a breakfast prepared by the hotel. After that, many of them studied for finals while waiting for the bus to arrive to take them to the next hotel near Stanford University. The group checked into the hotel around 12:30 p.m. (West Coast Time) and then went to lunch at a nearby restaurant.

After that, the team had about an hour to relax and get ready for practice at the Taube Tennis Center that was scheduled from 4-6 p.m. The Taube Tennis Center is the most beautiful and functional facility in Northern California, and is home to both the Men's and Women's Stanford Tennis Teams. Originally built in 1926, the Taube Tennis Center has undergone many renovations and additions over the years and today its two sites (the Taube Family Tennis Stadium and the adjacent Taube South Courts) seat approximately 3,500.

The Taube Tennis Center has hosted several major tennis events over the years, both on the collegiate and professional levels. The WTA's "Bank of the West" classic begins the U.S. Open series and has been held at Taube Tennis Center since 1997. In addition, the Taube Tennis Center has hosted the 1999 Fed Cup Finals (U.S. vs. Russia) the 2000 and 2001 Siebel Seniors Champions Tour event, four NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, and the first ever combined men's and women's NCAA Championships in 2006 and again in 2011. Many of the best players in the world have played at the facility, including John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Venus and Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce, and Kim Clijsters.

Quinnipiac took part in a light hitting session for about two hours while taking in the historic venue. At 5 p.m., the NCAA hosted the coaches meeting to discuss procedures and regulations for tomorrow's event. No. 21 University of Tulsa takes on No. 53 Long Beach State on Friday at 11 a.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Bobcats and the Cardinal are scheduled to play after that at 2 p.m.

The day concluded with a nice team dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. The family style dinner was exactly what the team needed the night before a big match.

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