Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pirates Arrive In Houston!

After a "short" stopover in Atlanta, the Pirates finally touched down in Houston just before midnight local time. The teams have checked into the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston, the headquarters for all Division II teams competing this week in the Spring Sports Festival. Tennis is not the only DII championships that will be decided here.. men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse and softball as well. In fact, several members of the Francis Marion softball squad were in the lobby as the Pirates checked in - FMU has three teams in Houston this week, both tennis squads and the softball squad.

Tuesday will feature team practices just after lunch, then the Opening Ceremonies for the DII Sports Festival, which will take place at the Downtown Aquarium. Check back here late Tuesday for pictures and a recap of all the festivities!

Before that, however, you can check out the brackets at the following links so you know who lies ahead for both the men's and women's teams. The women open up play first on Wednesday against Incarnate Word, a Texas team, at 10:30 a.m. The men take on Abilene Christian, another Texas school, at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Men's Bracket Women's Bracket


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aargh...Good luck against the "word" and AB. Watch out for sharks at the aquarium.

May 13, 2008 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, Chad! Do you have the link for the official website of the tournament? Is there going to be live scoring during the matches?

May 13, 2008 10:37 AM  
Blogger AASUPirateSports said...

The "official" website is the NCAA's website at NCAA.com. In the packet I received before we flew out here, it said there would be live coverage on the NCAA.com site of tennis. Whether that means live stats, video or just updated stories, I do not know. I'm hoping to find out when I head out to our practice session this morning.

May 13, 2008 10:40 AM  

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