Tennis Squads Receive NCAA Tournament Bids

May 3, 2001

Los Angeles -- The USC men's and women's tennis teams both will play first and second round matches of the 2001 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships on the road May 12-13, the NCAA announced on Thursday. The women travel to Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) as the top-seed in that four-team regional, while the men play at Mississippi as the No. 2 seed.

The 12th-ranked Women of Troy, seeded 10th in the entire NCAA tourney, face Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round on Saturday, May 12, and Old Dominion and South Alabama will square off in the other match. The winners of each match will face each other on Sunday, May 13, in the second round, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 in Atlanta, Ga. Times have yet to be disclosed. This marks the second straight year USC will face UMBC in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (the Trojans won last year, 5-0).

The No. 24-ranked USC men will face Virginia on May 12 at 3 p.m. EST. If USC wins, it will face either host Mississippi, the region's top seed (12th overall), or Jackson State in the second round on May 13 at noon EST, with the winner moving to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Also announced Thursday were the NCAA singles and doubles selections. For the USC women, sophomore Jewel Peterson was selected to compete in the singles championship, while Maureen Diaz was named the first alternate. In doubles, the women will be represented by Peterson and Tiffany Brymer. The men had two at-large selections for the singles championship - juniors Andrew Park and Ryan Moore. Partners Moore and Nicholas Rainey received a bid to the doubles championship. The 11th-ranked duo reached the NCAA Championship Finals in 2000.

Between the two programs, USC owns 22 national team titles and 39 singles and doubles individual championships. This marks the fourth consecutive year both the men and women received a postseason bid.

Women's NCAA Championship Regional
at Norfolk, Va. (Old Dominion)

First Round - Saturday, May 12
USC vs. Maryland-Baltimore County - TBA
South Alabama vs.Old Dominion - TBA

Second Round - Sunday, May 13
USC/UMBC vs. Old Dominion/South Alabama - TBA

Men's NCAA Championship Regional
at University, Miss. (Mississippi)

First Round - Saturday, May 12
Ole Miss vs. Jackson State - Noon EST
USC vs. Virginia - 3 p.m. EST

Second Round - Sunday, May 13
Ole Miss/Jackson State vs. USC/Virginia - Noon EST

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