PROVIDENCE, R.I. -The Seton Hall tennis team has earned the #12 seed in the BIG EAST Championship, drawing a Noon matchup with #5 Georgetown in one of four opening round matches to be held on Thursday, April 19 at the USF Varsity Courts in Tampa Fla.
The 12-team field was announced by the conference on Monday afternoon, following a meeting of the BIG EAST Tennis Selection Committee.
The tournament will run from April 19-22, with all matches being held on the USF campus. The tournament bracket includes a consolation portion, meaning each qualifying team is guaranteed at least two matches.
It is the first BIG EAST Championship berth for the Pirates since the 2006-07 season. The Hall posted a 2-1 record in its last appearance, recording wins over Cincinnati and West Virginia after falling in the first match to Connecticut.
SHU receives the bid after posting its highest dual match win total in the last three years, highlighted by wins over conference foes Providence, Villanova and West Virginia.
Seton Hall and Georgetown will be meeting for the second time this month. The Pirates previously traveled to Washington D.C. on April 6, dropping a 1-6 decision to the Hoyas.
Sophomore Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong) scored for the Pirates by defeating GU's Lauren Greco, 6-2, 6-0 in the number one singles position. Greco is ranked #7 in the Atlantic region and is one of four regionally or nationally ranked opponents that Sher has beaten this season.
The winner of the match earns a date with #4 DePaul on Friday, April 20 at Noon.
The Blue Demons received a first round bye along with top-seeded Notre Dame, hosts USF and Syracuse.
Other first round matchups include #8 Rutgers against ninth-seeded Cincinnati, the number seven seed Marquette taking on #10 St. John's, and a showdown between sixth-seeded Louisville and #11 Pittsburgh.