USC Women Earn No. 1 Seed, Men Seeded No. 7 For 2015 NCAA Tennis Tournament|
April 28, 2015
The USC men's and women's tennis teams have secured a place in the postseason once again, and both teams will play host to the first and second rounds of NCAA action. The 2015 NCAA Championship Tournament will begin at Marks Stadium for the USC men and women as they each look to advance through to the Round of 16 and beyond in Waco, Texas, where Baylor plays host to the remainder of the team and individual NCAA competition this year.
The Women of Troy (21-2) are the top-seeded team for the first time since 1985, which is the last time the USC women won a national championship. The USC men (22-4), meanwhile, are the defending NCAA champs and boast five national championships won in the past six seasons. For their 2015 campaign, the Trojans are seeded No. 7 in the men's draw.
The No. 7 seeded USC men will be the first to get going in NCAA play, hosting Idaho, San Diego and San Diego State in the men's first and second rounds on May 8-9. The No. 1 seeded USC women will put their 21-2 overall record up against contenders from Youngstown State, Virginia Tech and Long Beach State when the Women of Troy host the the women's first- and second-round matches on May 9-10. 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 Baylor's Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, from May 14-19.
The USC men are making their ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and 37th overall appearance. The Trojans will open up against Idaho at 1 p.m. on Friday (May 8). The USC women are off to their 24th consecutive NCAA appearance and 33rd overall visit. The Women of Troy start their 2015 campaign against Youngstown State on Saturday (May 9) at 12 p.m.
The top-seeded USC women are coming off their second undefeated Pac-12 season in the past three years and have already locked in on their fourth 20-win season in 10 years. Currently 21-2 overall, the Women of Troy worked their way to the top of the national rankings for the first time since 2003 this season. Now gripping the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, the USC women are in a strong position to make a deep run and contend for a national title. The Women of Troy were also a top seed in 1983 and 1985, having gone on to win the NCAA championship both those years.
The well-balanced Women of Troy boast two All-Americans in seniors Sabrina Santamaria and Zoë Scandalis, pairing powerfully with an influx of ferocious freshman talent in Gabby Smith, Madison Westby and Meredith Xepoleas. Junior Giuliana Olmos, senior Gabriella DeSimone and sophomore Zoë Katz add even more experienced leadership and winning savvy for the Trojan cause. In all, USC has a full set of six ranked singles players: #14 Olmos, #21 Santamaria, #45 Scandalis, #55 Westby, #84 Xepoleas and #85 Smith. In doubles, USC is loaded up with #20 Olmos/Scandalis, #22 Katz/Santamaria and #36 DeSimone/Katz. 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 67-31 all-time in the tourney.
The USC men are coming off a run to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship while they carry a 22-4 overall record into their ninth straight NCAA appearance. Seeded No. 7 this year, the defending national champs return all but two members of last year's NCAA championship squad. Seniors Yannick Hanfmann, Eric Johnson, Roberto Quiroz and Jonny Wang already boast two NCAA championship rings, and their experience and talent will be relied upon as the Trojans look to make another winning run. Junior Max de Vroome was the clincher in last year's title match, and sophomores Rob Bellamy, Nick Crystal and Connor Farren bring another dose of depth to the ladder in their second season as Trojans. Thibault Forget, Henry Ji, David Laser and Tanner Smith are all in their first season of competition for the Trojans, as they prepare to join their NCAA-savvy teammates for this postseason push.
The USC men also have six ranked singles players, led by All-Americans #11 Hanfmann and #22 Quiroz. Also standing tall in the singles rankings are #38 Wang, #67 Crystal, #86 de Vroome and #100 Johnson. In doubles, USC's power couple is #3 Hanfmann/Quiroz. The USC men lead the nation with 21 NCAA titles won. The Trojans are 95-30 all-time in the tourney.
FRIDAY, MAY 8 Marks Stadium
SATURDAY, MAY 9 Marks Stadium
SUNDAY, MAY 10 Marks Stadium