April 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A total of five West Coast Conference tennis teams were selected today to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships, as announced by the NCAA Men's and Women's Selection Committee.
The Pepperdine men's tennis team leads the way for the Conference, earning a No. 11 seed and the opportunity to host the first and second rounds. Pepperdine, currently ranked No. 10 in the ITA rankings, will play the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the first round on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. UCSB, 12-13 on the season, earned the automatic bid by winning the Big West Tournament title last week with three upset wins in four days. This is the second year in a row Pepperdine has hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Waves, making their 33rd appearance, are officially 51-31 all-time in tournament history.
WCC Championship runner-up BYU and semifinalist San Diego were selected as at-large bids. The Toreros will face Alabama (14-13, 3-8) on May 10th at USC. This marks the third consecutive year the Toreros have made the NCAA Tournament. The last two years the Toreros have won their first round match before losing in the second round. Meanwhile, the Cougars will take on Memphis, the automatic qualifier out of Conference USA. BYU will travel to University, Miss. and the campus of Ole Miss, for its first round match, scheduled for Friday, May 10.
On the women's side, two WCC teams are amongst the field of 64, with Saint Mary's joining WCC Champion Pepperdine. 2013 marks the fourth straight year the Gaels have competed in the NCAA tournament, and this year, they won't have to travel far. Saint Mary's will face off against Auburn in a match held at California's Hellman Tennis Complex at 10 a.m. At 13-9 overall, Saint Mary's is currently ranked No. 40 in the ITA rankings. Auburn is ranked No. 21, and comes to California with a record of 18-8.
The Pepperdine women, who earned the Conference's automatic qualifier, will match up against Rice University in a neutral site match held in Palo Alto, Calif. on the campus of Stanford University. The Waves are making their 30th appearance at the NCAA Tournament after winning their 23rd West Coast Conference Championship Title. Pepperdine, ranked #62, is 12-11 on the season, but has won 12 of its last 14 duals. The Owls are listed at #20 in the ITA rankings and are 20-4 after winning the Conference USA Tournament title. The two teams will square off at 11 a.m. on May 10 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium
Courtesy of Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and San Diego athletics.