WOMENâ€™S TENNIS DRAWS CAL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Sacramento State women’s tennis team will make its 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, it was announced by the NCAA selection committee today.
The Hornets (17-9), who earned an automatic berth into the tournament by virtue of winning the Big Sky Conference title for the 11th straight season, will travel to Berkeley to face No. 9-seed Cal on Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m.. The Golden Bears (17-6) are currently ranked eighth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The two teams will be meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, but the Hornets are no strangers to playing Pac-12 Conference foes in the Big Dance. This season will mark the sixth time in 11 years that Sacramento State will play a first-round opponent from the Pac 12.
The other first-round matchup in Berkeley features Purdue (14-6) taking on Pepperdine (15-8) on Friday at 10 a.m. The winners of the two matches will play each other in the second round on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m.
The Hornets and Bears faced each other during the regular season on March 23 in Berkeley with Cal winning by a 7-0 score. After the Bears narrowly won the doubles point, five of Cal’s six singles victories came in straight sets.
Sacramento State, which is currently ranked 54th in the nation, has won a season-high eight straight matches heading into the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the team’s last loss came at Cal. The Hornets are led by three-time Big Sky Conference MVP Tatsiana Kapshai. Clarisse Baca and Rebeca Delgado were each named first team all-conference while Maria Meliuk earned second team honors.
Cal enters the NCAA Tournament after posting a 17-6 overall record and tying for third in the Pac 12 with an 8-2 league mark. The Golden Bears have won 11 of their last 13 matches.
The Hornets have dominated the Big Sky Conference over the last 11 years, winning 92 straight matches against league opposition during that span. However, Sacramento State continues to face some of the nation’s toughest competition in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Other NCAA first-round matchups for the Hornets have included Stanford (2002, 2007), USC (2003, 2010), Fresno State (2004, 2006), BYU (2005), Arkansas (2011), Arizona State (2008) and Michigan (2009). All but two of those matches came against the team that hosted the regional (the match against Fresno State in 2004, and the 2008 matchup with Arizona State being the exceptions).