SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second time in the last three seasons,
the Sacramento State men's tennis team will compete in the NCAA
Division I Tournament, as announced Thursday by the NCAA selection
The Hornets, who received an automatic berth after winning the Big
Sky Conference Tournament on April 22, will face host UCLA (20-2) in
the first round on Saturday, May 12, at the L.A. Tennis Center in Los
Angeles. The match will be played at 1 p.m. The winner of the
Saturday's match will square off against the winner of South Carolina
(12-12) and South Florida (16-7) on Sunday, May 13, at noon.
The NCAA seeds all 64 teams in the tournament as Sacramento State
received the No. 63 seed while UCLA is the No. 2 seed. The Bruins are
currently ranked third in the WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis
Rankings while the Hornets are ranked 74th.
Sacramento State enters the tournament with a program-best 20-2
overall record including an 18-1 mark over its final 19 matches. The
Hornets, who finished with a 7-0 Big Sky record, were crowned
conference champions for the third time in the last four years. The
team made its first and only appearance in the NCAA Div. I Tournament
in 1999 when it fell to Stanford, 4-0.
Sacramento State was the only Big Sky school selected to this year's
field of 64 teams. Top-ranked Stanford received the No. 1 seed while
UCLA (No. 2), Georgia (No. 3), Texas A&M (No. 4) and Texas Christian
(No. 5) round out the top five seeds in the tournament.