SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The No. 30 University of San Diego men's tennis team (23-7, 9-0 WCC) will face the No. 34 Vanderbilt Commodores (17-13) in the first round of the Division I Men's Tennis Championship Tournament on May 13. The Toreros beat the Commodores by a final score of 4-0 in January as the two teams met in the ITA National Indoor Qualifier in Durham, N.C.
"It feels absolutely incredible," head coach Ryan Keckley said of reaching the tournament as a first-year coach. "These guys have done a wonderful job preparing for this moment and it's certainly well deserved."
The Toreros battled a tough schedule that started with the journey to Durham where they faced the Commodores. It was San Diego's first match of a 10-match stretch against ranked opponents.
"We've faced Vanderbilt before and we know what we are going to get ourselves into," Keckley said. "They are a very, very good team and well coached. All of our attention is on Vanderbilt as they have been hitting their stride and playing confident tennis during the second half of the season."
The teams will travel to Los Angeles to play at UCLA's home site as the No. 2 Bruins (22-2) earned the No. 3 seed and hosting rights. The Bruins will face Weber State in the first round before matching up with the winner of the San Diego, Vanderbilt match.
The rest of the Toreros' pod is comprised of No. 13 Northwestern, No. 27 Stanford, No. 37 Notre Dame and Valparaiso. San Diego faced eight of the 64 teams in the tournament during the regular season including UCLA and top-seed Virginia.