USC Men Earn No. 8 Seed In NCAA Championships
April 28, 2009
The USC men's tennis team has picked up the No. 8 seed into the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships and is tabbed a host for the first and second rounds of action in this year's tourney. Carrying a 19-5 overall record, the Trojans welcome three teams to Marks Stadium on May 8 and 9 as they do battle toward earning a spot in the final 16 for a trip to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, running May 14-19. Coming to Los Angeles next weekend for the first two rounds will be UC Santa Barbara (11-13), Minnesota (18-7) and New Mexico (20-5). USC opens up against UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. on Friday (May 8), with Minnesota and New Mexico facing off at 2 p.m. that afternoon. The winners will face off in the second round match at 4 p.m. on Saturday (May 9). (Match times are subject to change.)
This will be the USC men's third straight NCAA appearance and 31st overall. The Trojans have claimed 16 national championships all-time, with the last coming in 2002. USC's overall NCAA tournament record is 62-29 after making a trip to the 2008 NCAA Quarterfinals as a No. 6 seed in last year's action in Tulsa, Okla.
USC currently holds a No. 8 national ranking in the latest Campbell/ITA rankings as the Trojans tote another 19-win record into this year's NCAA Championships. USC finished second in the Pac-10 to UCLA this year and sent a number of players through to the individual action at the Pac-10 Championships. Freshman Steve Johnson reached the singles final, while Robert Farah reached the singles semis and the doubles pair of Abdullah Magdas / Daniel Nguyen also made a semifinal appearance in Ojai last weekend.
Individually, the latest Campbell/ITA singles and doubles rankings came out on April 21, with Robert Farah ranked as the nation's #7 singles player. Joining him in the national rankings are #67 Steve Johnson, #80 Jaak Poldma and #99 Abdullah Magdas. In doubles, Farah/Johnson are ranked #2. The seedings and bracket for the 2009 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships are set to be announced this week. NCAA individual action will take place following the NCAA Team Championships in College Station. Team play will run May 14-19, with individual competition going May 20-25.