USC Women Take No. 10 Seed Into NCAA Championships
April 29, 2008
The USC women's tennis team has secured its 17th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships, taking the No. 10 seed into the 2008 tourney and earning the right to host the first and second rounds of action. Boasting a 17-7 overall record, the Women of Troy will open up against Marist (10-8) in the first round at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 9, after Pepperdine (19-4) and UNLV (17-8) have matched up in the other first-round match at Marks Stadium at 1 p.m. on Friday. The winners will play the following day in a second-round match at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Marks Stadium for the right to move on to the Round of 16 and beyond in Tulsa.
The winner of each opening site advances to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., hosted by the University of Tulsa. Team competition is set to run May 15-20 in Tulsa, followed by the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships from May 21-26 at the same location. The NCAA singles and doubles brackets will be revealed tomorrow (April 30) at NCAASports.com by 3 p.m. PT.
With this year's NCAA ticket, the Women of Troy will be making their 26th overall appearance in the NCAA team tournament. The Trojans are 51-23 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and have won seven national team titles. The 1983 and 1985 crowns were both NCAA titles, as the NCAA began its women's tennis championships in 1982. USC's 1977, 1979 and 1980 titles were AIAW championships, and in 1977 and 1978 the Trojans also claimed the USTA national championships. The No. 8 seed into last year's NCAA tournament, USC reached the 2007 NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Georgia, where the Trojans fell 4-3 to Miami - the same team USC had met in the 2006 NCAA Semifinals. USC finished 19-5 overall in 2007.
This season, USC holds a 17-7 overall record with a young lineup of talent. In the recent Pac-10 Championships, junior Amanda Fink finished as the singles runner-up with her second career trip to the Pac-10 singles title match. Fink then teamed up with Gabriela Niculescu in Pac-10 doubles play, and the Trojan pair powered to claim the Pac-10 Doubles Championship, becoming the first USC duo to win the title since the Pac-10 tournament began in 1987.
USC enters the NCAA Team Championships also ranked No. 10 in the nation, with four singles players ranked nationally: #6 Amanda Fink, #49 Gabriela Niculescu, #57 Lindsey Nelson and #97 Maria Sanchez. Fink/Niculescu are the nation's #5 doubles team.