No. 4 Stanford Hosts Boston University In NCAA First Round
April 29, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 4 Stanford (19-4, 7-1 Pac-10) will be making its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
The Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 4 overall seed in this year's draw, and as a result Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action, scheduled for May 9-10.
All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams will square off at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., beginning Thursday, May 15. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 20.
Stanford will host unranked Boston University (11-7) in the opening round on Friday, May 9, in a 1 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 31 Texas A&M (16-8, 9-2 Big 12) against No. 38 Washington (12-9, 2-6 Pac-10) at 10 a.m.
Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, May 12, in a second round match at 12 p.m.
Ticket prices for two-day reserved are as follows: $12 (includes all three matches), $10 (adult/general admission) and $5 (adult/student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (adult/student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID.
Stanford owns a 104-12 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 26 possible NCAA team titles, including five of the last seven seasons overall. The Cardinal has won 22 of its last 23 NCAA Tournament matches, suffering its first postseason defeat in four years after falling 4-2 to UCLA in the 2007 semifinals.
This year's Cardinal squad has won 13 of its last 14 matches, including a 5-2 triumph over rival California back on Apr. 19 that translated into a share of the Pac-10 regular season championship with UCLA while also extending the program's streak of 21 consecutive league titles.
The home court should provide Stanford with a decisive advantage in the early rounds. The aforementioned victory over the Golden Bears extended Stanford's regular season dual match home winning streak to 106. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 132 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
Stanford's first round opponent, Boston University, qualified for the field of 64 after securing its 15th straight America East title. The Terriers are making their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and are riding a season-best four-match win streak.
The 16 national seeds are as follows: No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 California, No. 9 Duke, No. 10 USC, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 12 Miami, No. 13 Clemson, No. 14 Florida State, No. 15 North Carolina and No. 16 Fresno State.