Fourteen Pac-12 tennis teams to compete in NCAA championships
SAN FRANCISCO – Pac-12 tennis will send 14 teams to compete in the 2019 NCAA Tennis Championships as seven men’s teams and seven women’s squads received bids on Monday, including the Conference team tournament champions USC men (20-7, 7-1 Pac-12) and reigning NCAA Champion Stanford women (22-1, 10-0). This is the most combined bids for Pac-12 men's and women's tennis since 2004 when eight men's teams and seven women's teams appeared in the tournament for a total of 15 bids. Four schools earned hosting privileges as Stanford, UCLA and USC will host the first two rounds of both the men’s and women’s competitions, while the Washington women will also enjoy early round home-court advantage.
On the men’s side, the first and second rounds will be played May 3-4, followed by super regionals May 10-11. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match will be played at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 16-19.
This is the second-straight year seven Pac-12 men’s teams earned NCAA Tournament berths and the fifth time in Conference history at least seven teams reached the postseason. The Pac-12 owns 54 NCAA titles, more than any other conference combined, with 21 coming from No. 8 seed USC, the most of any school. No. 11 seed UCLA (17-5, 8-0) will make its 43rd consecutive trip to the postseason, most in the Pac-12, and has advanced to the round of 16 every year since 1977. No. 12 Stanford (17-6, 5-3) received its 12th consecutive and 40th all-time NCAA bid. Joining the three seeded teams in the field are Arizona (17-7, 3-5), Arizona State (13-13, 4-4), California (14-14, 4-4) and Utah (17-11, 2-6). The Wildcats are dancing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
On the women’s side, the first and second rounds will be played May 3-5, followed by super regionals May 10-11. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match will be played at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 17-19.
The Pac-12 women earned seven bids for the first time since 2017, with four earning top-16 seeds and hosting privileges. Similar to the men, Pac-12 women’s tennis has claimed 23 out of a possible 36 NCAA team titles, the most of any conference by more than double. The Cardinal collected its 19th NCAA title last year, most of any other program. Only two Division I programs have qualified to compete in all 37 NCAA Championships, defending champion and No. 3 seed Stanford and No. 7 seed UCLA (18-7, 8-2). No. 10 seed Washington (19-4, 8-2) returns to the tournament after missing the field last season, marking its 15th all-time NCAA bid. The Huskies had a historic regular season, winning the most Pac-12 matches in program history. No. 13 USC (18-7, 7-3) is also back in the tournament after missing a bid last season, earning its 34th all-time appearance. The other at-large bids from the league went to Arizona State (13-10, 5-5), California (12-8, 6-4) and Washington State (19-10, 3-7). The Cougars earn their first appearance in the tournament since 2012.
The singles and doubles brackets for both the men’s and women’s individual championships is set to be announced Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m. PT.
NCAA TENNIS SELECTIONS:
Friday, May 3 – First Round
Arizona vs. Oklahoma – College Station, Texas
Arizona State vs. Miami (Fla.) – Fort Worth, Texas
California vs. Drake – Champaign, Ill.
Fresno State at #12 Stanford – Stanford, Calif.
Grand Canyon at #11 UCLA – Los Angeles, Calif.
Northern Arizona at #8 USC – Los Angeles, Calif.
Utah at #6 Baylor – Waco, Texas
Friday, May 3 or Saturday, May 4 – First Round
Arizona State vs. Illinois – Durham, N.C.
California vs. Long Beach State – Malibu, Calif.
New Mexico State at #3 Stanford – Stanford, Calif.\
Northern Arizona at #7 UCLA – Los Angeles, Calif.
Illinois State at #13 USC – Los Angeles, Calif.
Army at #10 Washington – Seattle, Wash.
Washington State vs. Miami (Fla.) – Stillwater, Okla.