The Age of Aquarium
First things first - congratulations to Iuliia Stupak, who was named the ITA's National Women's Tennis Senior of the Year tonight! She joins three other former Lady Pirate greats (Sandra Van der Aa in 1996, Zsofi Golopencza in 2004 and Luisa Cowper in 2006) as recipients of this prestigious award.
After the ITA's awards ceremony, we all headed over to Houston's Downtown Aquarium for the Opening Ceremonies. All of the Aquarium's attractions were open, plus three bands playing (including a 70s show band on the top floor) as well as food and drink - as you can see below.
They halted all the attractions at 8:30 p.m. so they could allow the NCAA's speakers to address all of the student-athletes gathered - some still in line to ride the rides and to get food. When the speakers finished, the Aquarium shut down for the night to the NCAA, leaving some Pirates disappointed they did not get to ride the train or the ferris wheel.
The matches begin tomorrow, over at Homer Ford Park with the women taking on Incarnate Word at 10:30 a.m. and the men taking on Abilene Christian at 4:00 p.m. The live stats links we've been given are to the right - and we are told there will be coverage on the NCAA's website at NCAA.com.