May 2, 2002
The Brown men's tennis team, who captured the Ivy League Championship for the first time ever, has been selected to play in the NCAA Division I Championship, and will play the ninth-seeded University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday, May 11, 2002.
The 64-team field for the championship is broken down into 16, four-team brackets. There are 31 automatic qualifying conferences. Mississippi, ranked 7th in the final poll, posted a 17-5 overall record and will host the four-team bracket, which includes Alabama (15-7) against Middle Tennessee (16-7).
Brown captured its first-ever Ivy League Championship with a thrilling 4-3 victory over defending Ivy champion and 27th ranked Harvard two weeks ago. The victory capped off an undefeated Ivy League season for the 50th ranked Bears, who posted a 7-0 Ivy mark, 13-9 overall. Since Brown joined the Ivy League/Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association 41 years ago, Brown's best finish ever was 7-2 and second place in 1988 and 1989.