No. 13 Women's Tennis To Host NCAA First And Second Rounds; Draws Wichita State In Opener
April 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 13 Stanford (17-4, 6-2 Pac-10) will be making its 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
The Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 13 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 square off at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, beginning Friday, May 15. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 19.
Stanford will host unranked Wichita State (21-4, 8-0 Missouri Valley) in the opening round on Saturday, May 9, in a 12 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 25 LSU (13-10, 3-7 SEC) against No. 50 Long Beach State (18-7, 8-0 Big West) at 9 a.m.
Wichita State qualified for the field of 64 after securing its 10th Missouri Valley Conference title and third championship in the last four years. The Shockers enter the postseason having won 10 of their last 12 matches.
Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday, May 10, in a second round match at 1 p.m.
Stanford has also been selected as a host school on the men's side, with the Cardinal facing Sacramento State on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m.. California and Pepperdine battle in the other first round contest at 11 a.m. The men's second round match is slated for May 9 at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices for two-day reserved tickets are as follows: $20 (all-tournament), $15 (adult/general admission) and $10 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID.
Stanford owns a 107-13 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 27 possible NCAA team titles, including five of the last eight seasons overall. The Cardinal has won 25 of its last 27 NCAA Tournament matches, falling to Baylor 4-1 in last year's NCAA quarterfinal round.
This year's Cardinal squad enters the postseason having won 12 of its last 14 matches. But after being ranked No. 5 in the country for the first four weeks of the year, Stanford has not been ranked inside the top-10 for 11 consecutive weeks. This is also the first time in 21 years Stanford was not crowned the Pac-10 champion.
That being said, the home court should provide Stanford with a decisive advantage in the early rounds. Thanks to a 7-0 shutout of Pepperdine back on Apr. 11, Stanford extended its regular season dual match home winning streak to 121 in a row. Throw in a 28-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 149 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.
The 16 national seeds on the women's side are as follows: No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Miami, No. 7 USC, No. 8 California, No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 15 Florida and No. 16 Fresno State.