Men's Tennis To Host NCAA First And Second Rounds; Draws Quinnipiac In Opener
May 4, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (18-5, 5-1 Pac-10) will be making its 32nd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
Despite being ranked No.7 in the latest edition of the national ITA rankings, the Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 8 overall seed in the postseason draw. As a result, Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action, scheduled for May 15-16.
All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Georgia in Athens, Ga., beginning Friday, May 21. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 25.
Stanford will host unranked Quinnipiac (10-4, 2-2 Northeast) in the opening round on Saturday, May 15, in a 12 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 21 Pepperdine (16-10, 5-0 WCC) against No. 37 Hawai'i (12-7, 4-1 WAC) at 9 a.m.
Quinnipiac qualified for the field of 64 after securing the Northeast Conference title despite being seeded third in the tourney. The Bobcats will be making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance over the last seven years. Stanford defeated Quinnipiac in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday, May 16, in a second round match at 12 p.m.
Ticket prices for two-day all-session tickets are as follows: $20 (reserved), $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. Tickets will be available on Thursday, May 6, by calling 1-800-STANFORD or visiting www.gostanford.com.
Stanford owns a 95-15 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1977. During that time, Stanford has won 15 NCAA team titles, with the most recent crown coming back in 2000 after defeating VCU 4-0.
Riding a season-high seven-match winning streak, Stanford earned a share of the Pac-10 regular season championship with USC. It's the first time the Cardinal has claimed the hardware since being crowned co-champions with UCLA in 2006.
The 16 national seeds on the men's side are as follows: No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 11 Georgia, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Illinois, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 15 Louisville and No. 16 Duke.
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