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USC Men’s Tennis Picks Up No. 13 Seed For 15th Straight NCAA Appearance

May 2, 2022

With its 32nd 20-win season and a third straight Pac-12 Tournament tile in the books, USC has picked up a No. 13 seed into the 2022 NCAA Tournament. In their 15th consecutive NCAA appearance, the Trojans will again open up as hosts of the NCAA First and Second Round competition for the 15th straight year.

USC secured its place in the 2022 NCAA Tournament as an automatic qualifier after its dominating run to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship. The title was the third consecutive conference crown and sixth overall for the Trojans and improved their record to 21-5 overall. In the last NCAA tourney, USC was a No. 12 seed and reached the 2021 NCAA Quarterfinals. 

Under the direction of head coach Brett Masi for the third season, USC is making its 43rd overall NCAA Tournament appearance. Now carrying a 21-5 overall record, the No. 12-seeded Trojans are looking to extend their stretch of reaching at least the NCAA Round of 16 in the past 14 tournaments held. With five NCAA crowns claimed since 2009, USC continues to lead the nation with 21 national championships all-time, and holds a 110-37 overall record in the NCAA Tournament. 

During USC's current 15-year run of NCAA appearances, USC has been seeded No. 1 (2012 & 2014), No. 2 (2011), No. 4 (2013 & 2017), No. 5 (2010), No. 7 (2015), No. 8 (2009 & 2019), No. 10 (2016 & 2018), No. 12 (2007 & 2021) and No. 13 (2022) — with NCAA titles captured in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. 

Masi and his Trojans are all set to open up their 2022 NCAA campaign from home turf, hosting Nevada, UC Irvine and San Diego for first- and second-round competition May 6-7 at Marks Stadium. On Friday (May 6), UC Irvine and San Diego will start things off at 10 a.m. And at 1 p.m., USC will take on Nevada. Winning teams will square off in the NCAA Second Round at 1 p.m. on Saturday (May 7) to fight for a ticket to the NCAA Super Regional at sites to be determined. The eight teams that advanced out of that round will head to Urbana, Ill., for the remaining rounds of NCAA competition taking place May 19-22. So, too, will NCAA Individual Championships be held at Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, with singles and doubles competition running May 23-28. Those NCAA singles and doubles selections will be announced tomorrow (May 3) on  

The USC men lead the nation with 21 NCAA Team Championships won. The Trojans last won it all in 2014, and made a run of four straight titles from 2009-2012. USC head coach Masi was an assistant coach for the Trojans in that 2009 championship run before departing for a head coaching opportunity, so he is particularly eager to lead his Trojans in another NCAA opportunity. Ranked No. 13 in the nation in the latest poll, 13th-seeded USC has a roster balanced by veteran and up-and-coming young talent. With momentum gained from the Pac-12 Championship, USC also boasts four ranked singles players as well as two ranked doubles pairs. That includes top-10 spots for #6 Stefan Dostanic in singles and #8 Dostanic and Bradley Frye in doubles. 

All matches at this week's NCAA First and Second Rounds at USC's Marks Stadium will have live scoring and live video available at:

NCAA First & Second Round (Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.)
Friday (April 6)
10 a.m. — UC Irvine (17-6) vs. San Diego (22-3)
1 p.m. — [13] USC (21-5) vs. Nevada (19-7)

Saturday (April 7)
1 p.m.  — Friday winning teams