Pac-10 Tennis Teams Continue NCAA Tournament In College Station
May 13, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 2009 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships continue this weekend in College Station, Texas, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M. Three Pac-10 men's teams and four women's teams have advanced to the Round of 16. The men's action will get underway Thursday, May 14, while the women will take the courts Friday, May 15. Both men's and women's team champions will be crowned Tuesday, May 19.
On the men's side, seventh-seeded UCLA swept Southern Illinois and Hawai'i in the first and second rounds, improving to 24-0 all-time in regional play since its inception in 1998. The Bruins will bring a 12-match winning streak into their Round of 16 match with Miami (16-8) on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. Should UCLA move on, it will face the winner of the Mississippi/Texas A&M match in the quarterfinals on May 16 at 5 p.m. CT.
On the other side of the men's bracket, eighth-seeded USC (21-5) will take on Conference foe Stanford (20-5), the ninth seed in the tournament, at Noon CT. The Trojans blanked UC Santa Barbara, 4-0, in the first round and Minnesota, 4-0, in the second. The Cardinal finds itself in the Round of 16 after sweeping New Mexico and defeating Pepperdine, 4-1, in its regional last week. During the regular season, Stanford defeated USC, 4-3, in Los Angeles, while the Trojans edged the Cardinal, 4-3, in Stanford, Calif. The winner of the match will face either No. 1 Virginia or No. 16 Florida State in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. CT on May 16.
In the women's championship, eighth-seeded California is the highest-ranked Pac-10 team in the draw. The Golden Bears took out Long Island, 4-0, and Texas, 4-1, in their Berkeley Regional. Cal will battle ninth-seeded Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. CT on May 15 for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. The winner will take on either top-seeded Northwestern or 16th-seeded Fresno State on May 17 at 4 p.m. CT.
Like its male counterparts, the defending national champion UCLA women's team will also face Miami in the Round of 16 at 9 a.m. CT on May 15. The Bruins dominated Boston University, 4-0, in the first round before squeaking past Arizona State, 4-3, in the second round. UCLA (19-6) holds a 7-3 all-time record against the Hurricanes. The winner of Friday's match will face the winner of the Duke/Akansas match in the quarterfinals at Noon CT on May 17.
The Stanford women's team looked sharp last weekend during the NCAA first and second rounds, posting 4-0 shutouts of Wichita State and LSU. The Cardinal (19-4) extended its dual match home winning streak to 151 straight. Thirteenth-seeded Stanford will face Baylor (26-4) in the Round of 16 at 6 p.m. CT on May 15. The winner will move on to battle the winner of the No. 5 Notre Dame/No. 12 Clemson match-up at 5 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals, May 17.Washington, making its second straight NCAA appearance, upset No. 7 USC in the second round to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2004. The Huskies' wins over San Diego State and the Trojans in the Regionals was their first NCAA wins since a first-round victory in 2005. UW (18-7) will compete against South Carolina (16-10) at Noon CT on May 15. The winner will take on No. 2 Georgia or No. 15 Florida at 1 p.m. CT on May 17.