NCAA Tournament Begins at Home
STANFORD, Calif. - One of only four programs to appear in all 40 NCAA Tournaments, Stanford earned the No. 15 national seed and will host the first two rounds of the event, beginning on Friday vs. Southeast Missouri State at 1 p.m.
The most decorated program in college history and the winningest program on The Farm, Stanford has won 20 of the possible 39 NCAA championships. Stanford owns a 160-20 all-time record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. The Cardinal has won 21 national titles overall in school history, also claiming the 1978 AIAW crown.
The Cardinal (17-5, 7-2) is hosting the first two rounds for the 22nd time since the NCAA adopted its present format in 1999. Last season was the first that Stanford didn't host the first two rounds. Stanford will face the champions of the Ohio Valley Conference, Southeast Missouri State (15-6, 5-2). The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 27 UC Santa Barbara (20-6, 9-0) and No. 25 Kansas (15-10, 4-5).
First- and second-round competition features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to 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 May 20-22. The event will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Cardinal has twice won the NCAA Tournament as a 15 seed, doing so in 2016 and 2018. In addition to its 20 NCAA championships, the Cardinal has been a runner-up seven times and has never lost in the first two rounds of the tournament at home.