USC Men Seeded Sixth In NCAA Championships
April 29, 2008
The USC men's tennis team was awarded the No. 6 seed into the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, into which the Trojans carry a 19-4 overall record following another powerful regular season. As the high seed in the bracket, USC will play host to three teams at Marks Stadium next week for the NCAA First and Second Rounds. The Trojans kick off their NCAA campaign against Southern (10-11) at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, after Boise State (21-11) and California (12-10) have faced off in the other first-round match at 9 a.m. The winners will play in the NCAA Second Round match at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 at Marks Stadium. Start times are subject to change.
The winner of each opening site advances to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., hosted by the University of Tulsa. Beginning with the Round of 16, NCAA team competition in Tulsa is set to run May 16-20, 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.
USC's ticket into the 2008 NCAA tournament marks the Trojans' 30th NCAA appearance, as USC has accumulated 16 national championships - last in 2002 - and holds an overall NCAA record of 59-28. The No. 12 seed in 2007, the Trojans reached the NCAA Quarterfinals last season, posting a Round of 16 upset of Notre Dame before falling to fourth-seeded Virginia in the quarters to finish the year at 23-3 overall.
This season, USC holds a 19-4 overall record after a second-place finish in the Pac-10. The Trojans have lost only once on their home courts this year, having won 25 straight home matches across the past two years until a tight loss to UCLA in the final Pac-10 dual match of this season. The Trojans are also coming off a decidedly successful Pac-10 Championships in which USC swept the singles and doubles titles. With four Trojans moving through to the singles semifinals, USC was assured another Pac-10 singles title. Senior Kaes Van't Hof came away with the crown with a win over teammate Robert Farah in the title match, then teamed back up with Farah in doubles play to win the Pac-10 Doubles Championship later in the day.
USC enters the NCAA Team Championships also ranked No. 6 in the nation, with four singles players ranked nationally: #6 Robert Farah, #29 Kaes Van't Hof, #54 Jaak Poldma and #72 Gary Sacks. Farah/Van't Hof are the nation's #2 doubles team.