Men's Tennis Earns Bid to the NCAA Championship
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah men's tennis team earned its 15th NCAA Championship appearance and will head to Fort Worth, Texas, for the NCAA DI Men's Tennis Team Championship. This will be the first time since 2019 that Utah has earned an at-large selection into the championship.
Utah will face Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Friday. Ole Miss extended its streak of qualifying for the NCAA Team Championships to 28 straight tournaments. The Rebels reached a new milestone on Monday, making it to the pinnacle event of the tennis season for the 30th time in program history. Ole Miss (16-12, 4-8) was ranked No. 32 in the country in the most recent ITA Team Rankings last Wednesday.
TCU will host the first and second rounds Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. TCU enters as the No. 1 national seed for the tournament and will face Drake in the first round.
FORT WORTH REGIONAL
No. 1 TCU vs. Drake – May 6
Utah vs. Ole Miss – May 6
Regional Championship – May 7
It is Utah's 15th trip as a team to the NCAA and the first since 2019, when Utah went to Baylor for its first-round matchup. The Utes are one of 64 teams that earned a spot in this year's championship. This is the third time head coach Roeland Brateanu has advanced the Utes to the NCAA Championship.
The first and second-round competition occurs May 6-7 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the super-regional competition May 13 or 14. Each super-regional site will feature two teams playing a single-elimination format. The super-regional winners advance to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Illinois, where the eight teams will compete for the national championship on May 19-22. The University of Illinois will host the event.
In the team competition, the matches will be regulation dual matches. Three doubles matches consisting of six-game sets will be played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point, where they play the best of three sets. The first school to four team points will advance in the bracket.
The Utes ranked as high as No. 22 in the ITA rankings this season, and it was only the second time in school history that the Utes won 20 or more matches in a single season. Utah is 20-7 on the season with four wins over ranked opponents in No. 44 Oregon, No. 46 Washington, No. 63 Arizona State and No. 53 UCLA. The win over UCLA was the first win in program history over the Bruins.
Utah finished its Pac-12 schedule with a record of 4-4. The four wins are a program record for most Pac-12 wins in a single season. Utah finished fourth in the Pac-12, the highest finish in program history since joining the Pac-12.
The NCAA Individual Championships (singles and doubles) brackets will be released tomorrow, May 3, via a press release by the NCAA.