Wichita State Shockers

Tennis times two for Shockers

For Wichita State, meeting in the middle to play tennis is a great deal.

The WSU men and women are both in the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla., both playing on May 14. The men play No. 14 Texas Tech (21-5) at 11 a.m. The women play No. 16 Texas (17-5) at 11 a.m.

"Getting to play them on a neutral site is about as good a scenario as we could have asked for," women's coach Colin Foster said.

The WSU men (14-8) are in NCAA play for the first time since 2004. The Shocker women (15-10) are making their second straight trip and fourth since 2006.

The winners of the four-team fields advance to the round of 16 beginning May 20-21 in Athens, Ga.

Both WSU teams advanced after winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournaments in late April. The coaches used the time off to let their players prepare for finals. They will soon turn their attention to tennis.

"They're plenty busy," Foster said. "We've been staying in shape and we'll start gearing up again."

The WSU men will scrimmage today and, likely, again on Friday.

"For sure, we're the underdog," men's coach Brad Louderback said. "It's going to be kind of fun being the underdog. We haven't been there in a long time."

Louderback will coach against Texas Tech's Tim Siegel. Louderback recruited Siegel when he coached at Illinois. While Siegel chose Arkansas, the two remained friendly.

"I sorely missed not getting him, because he was a heck of a college player," Louderback said.

The Red Raiders are making their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships. Tulsa (16-10) plays Oklahoma (16-7) at 2 p.m. in the other men's match.

Texas, the runner-up in the Big 12 women's tournament, is making its 29th consecutive NCAA appearance. Oklahoma (18-6) and Arkansas (17-9) meet at 2 p.m. in the other women's match.

The men's and women's finals are May 15 at 2 p.m.