USC Men Grab No. 1 Seed; Women Snag No. 16 For 2014 NCAA Tennis Action|
April 29, 2014
The USC men's and women's tennis teams will both begin their NCAA campaigns from home turf, thanks to strong seeds for the 2014 NCAA Championships as of today's tournament selection announcements. The No. 16 seed USC women (16-7) will be the first to get going in NCAA play, hosting Idaho, Fresno State and Michigan in the women's first and second rounds on May 9-10. The top-seeded USC men will put their 26-3 overall record up against contenders from Idaho, Oklahoma State and Michigan when the Trojans host the the men's first and second round matches on May 10-11. The winning teams after all the action at Marks Stadium that weekend will secure a place at the Round of 16 and beyond, held this year at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., from May 15-20.
The USC women are off to their 23rd consecutive NCAA appearance and 32nd overall visit. The Women of Troy start their 2014 campaign against Idaho on Friday (May 9) at 2 p.m. The USC men are making their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and 36th overall appearance. The Trojans also will open up against Idaho at 12 p.m. on Saturday (May 10).
FRIDAY, MAY 9 Marks Stadium
SATURDAY, MAY 10 Marks Stadium
SUNDAY, MAY 11 Marks Stadium
The USC women are coming off a powerful run at the Pac-12 Individual Championships, boasting the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Champions in Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos as well as Pac-12 Singles finalist Zoë Scandalis. The No. 16 seeded Women of Troy are without the services of former #1 singles and doubles player Sabrina Santamaria, who suffered a season-ending injury midway through the spring. USC is still a force to reckon with, though. Three singles players and three doubles teams are locked into the national rankings, led by #27 singles player Zoë Scandalis, who also stands at #8 in the nation in doubles with partner Giuliana Olmos. Olmos, too, has a spot in the singles rankings, last standing at #70 in the nation before her recent run to the Pac-12 Invitational singles crown. Freshman Zoë Katz also sits on both rankings lists, holding a #99 singles rank along with #19 in doubles with Brynn Boren. In all, USC boasts four ITA All-Americans on its 2014 roster in Boren, Christian, Santamaria and Scandalis. The Women of Troy are looking to improve on last year's run to the NCAA Round of 16. The USC women won NCAA titles in 1983 and 1985, with its most recent best finish an NCAA Semifinal trip in 2006. The Women of Troy are 65-30 all-time in the tourney.
The USC men raced undefeated through Pac-12 regular-season competition, building a 17-match win streak along the way before finishing second in the Pac-12 Team Tournament in Ojai. Now toting a 26-3 overall record, the Trojans are looking to get back to the NCAA title match, which USC reached and won from 2009-2012 in claiming four straight titles. After a quarterfinal appearance last season, the Trojans have regrouped and are loaded up with a full lineup of ranked singles players. #10 senior is at the top of the packed house, which includes #13 Yannick Hanfmann, #43 Roberto Quiroz, #54 Jonny Wang, #85 Max de Vroome and #119 Michael Grant. On the doubles scene, USC has Hanfmann and Sarmiento ranked #1 in the nation, and Nick Crystal and Grant at #67. In all, USC boasts three ITA All-Americans on its 2014 roster in Hanfmann, Quiroz and Sarmiento. USC's last NCAA appearance as a No. 1 seed was in 2012, when the Trojans rolled to their fourth consecutive NCAA title. The USC men lead the nation with 20 NCAA titles won. The Trojans are 89-30 all-time in the tourney.
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