The Pioneers to face No. 15 Florida in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010
Courtesy: Denver Athletics
The Pioneers to face No. 15 Florida in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010
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Pioneers Open NCAA Play at Florida
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 04/30/2013

DENVER - The University of Denver will open the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship against No. 15 seed Florida on Friday, May 10 at a time to be announced in Gainesville, Fla.

The Pioneers will make their third NCAA championship appearance after earning an automatic bid and their first NCAA bid since 2010 when they were defeated in the opening round by Michigan.

Denver (11-11) plays No. 15 Florida (15-10) in the first round of The Florida Regional at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. on Friday, May 10. The winner will face either California (14-9) or Florida State (18-10) in the second round on Saturday, May 11.

"We're really excited." Denver head coach Danny Westerman said. "Our momentum is great.  We've won eight in a row and we're playing our best tennis at the best time of the year."

The winner of the second round match advances to the round of 16 held on May 16-21 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Center in Urbana, Ill., hosted by the University of Illinois.

The Pioneers are led by seniors Enej Bonin (Koper, Slovenia) and Jens Vorkefeld (Ostercappeln, Germany) who have guided Denver to an eight-match winning streak, which was highlighted by the program capturing its first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament title.

Bonin was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Singles Player of the Year. Bonin and Vorkefeld were selected to the All-WAC Singles First Team. Redshirt senior Max Krammer (Perchtoldsdorf, Austria) was named to the All-WAC Singles Second Team, while he and partner Fabio Biasion (Velbert, Germany) joined Bonin and Vorkefeld on the All-WAC Doubles First Team.

The Pioneers finished the season 11-11, including boasting a 5-0 record in WAC play.


2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships

The Florida Regional, Gainesville, Fla.

Friday, May 10

Match 1: Denver (11-11) vs. No. 15 Florida (15-10), 2 p.m. (MT)

Match 2: California (14-10) vs. Florida State (18-10), 11 a.m. (MT)

Saturday, May 11

Match 3: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 2 p.m. (MT)


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