Men's Tennis Earns Ninth-Straight NCAA Championship Berth
April 30, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 12th-ranked Washington men's tennis team earned its ninth-straight postseason berth as one of 64 teams selected to compete in the 2003 NCAA Championships, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.
Washington (16-5), the tournament's No. 16 seed, will face American (15-3) in its first-round match, Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. PT. at the SDSU Courts on the campus of San Diego State. Cross-town rivals San Diego State (15-9) and San Diego (13-9) will play in the second match that day at noon PT. The winners will play Sunday, May 11, at noon for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals in Athens, Ga., May 17-20.
It will be the first-ever meeting between Washington and American. The Huskies defeated San Diego, 5-2, on March 9 in Seattle earlier this season, but trail the all-time series 4-10. Washington is 10-10 all-time against San Diego State. Washington is ranked No. 12 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis poll, while San Diego State is ranked No. 29 and San Diego is No. 42.
Washington finished the regular season 16-5 overall and tied for sixth in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-5 conference record. The Huskies have advanced to the NCAA Championships in all nine years of head coach Matt Anger's tenure in Seattle. Washington is coming off back-to-back trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001 and 2002. Last year, UW defeated Tulane 4-2 in its first-round match before upsetting Stanford 4-3 on its home court. The Huskies fell to Auburn, 4-3, in the round of 16.
The NCAA men's singles and doubles championships will follow the team championships in Athens, Ga., May 21-26. Those individual selections will be announced Thursday, May 1.
NCAA First and Second Round Schedule
SDSU Courts o San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, May 10
Match 1 - Washington (16-5) vs. American (15-3), 9 a.m. PT
Match 2 - San Diego (13-9) vs. San Diego State (15-9), 12 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 11
Match 3 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 12 p.m. PT