USC Men's And Women's Tennis Score NCAA Slots|
May 3, 2016
The USC men's and women's tennis teams have both locked in for yet another journey into NCAA action after grabbing at-large selections into the 2016 NCAA Championships today. The USC men (15-6) are making their 10th straight trip to the tourney, having won five championships during that run. The No. 10 seeded Trojans will host three teams at Marks Stadium for opening rounds May 13-14. The 12-5 Women of Troy, meanwhile, have secured their 25th consecutive NCAA appearance and are set to engage in first-and second-round action in Malibu next week.
NCAA semifinalists and top seeds last season, the USC women start their 2016 NCAA path from a few miles farther north, traveling to host Pepperdine to open things up with a first-round clash against UNLV at 10 a.m. on May 13. A win there would send the No. 20-ranked Women of Troy to a 1 p.m. second-round matchup on May 14 against either host Pepperdine or visiting Idaho to fight for the right to a trip to Tulsa for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond.
NCAA quarterfinalists last year and 2014 champions, the USC men set up camp at Marks Stadium for the early stages of their NCAA push. Ranked No. 11 in the nation and seeded as the No. 10 team in the bracket, the Trojans will host UNLV, Georgia Tech and UC Santa Barbara next weekend. USC will open up against UNLV at 1 p.m. on May 13, while Georgia Tech and UC Santa Barbara square off at 10 a.m. that morning. The NCAA Second Round clash will be held at 1 p.m. on May 14 to determine which team moves on to Tulsa for the rest of NCAA team competition.
Under the direction of head coach Richard Gallien for the 21st season, the Women of Troy are making their 34th all-time appearance in the tournament. Led by returning All-American and lone senior Giuliana Olmos, the Women of Troy boast some solid young talent in 2016. Junior Zoë Katz adds a depth charge of experience in singles and doubles, with sophomores Gabby Smith and Madison Westby both bringing back their NCAA-savvy from last season's run to the semis. Meanwhile, freshmen Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes have made themselves right at home in the USC lineup and are making an impact for the Women of Troy. Olmos leads the way in the national rankings, sitting at #26 in the land in singles while enjoying a career-best #4 ranking in doubles with sophomore Smith. Freshman Valdes also is doubled up in the rankings, slotted at #114 in singles with a #72 ranking in doubles alongside Failla. Sophomore Westby stands tall as well, grabbing a #119 singles rank while paired up with Katz as the #81 doubles duo in the nation.
USC men's head coach Peter Smith is guiding his Trojans for the 14th season. Altogether, this is the USC men's program's 38th all-time NCAA appearance, and the Trojans boast more men's team titles than any other program with 21 to date. USC's lone senior Max de Vroome is having a standout final season with the Trojans, ranked at #21 in the nation in singles as he leads USC at the top of the lineup. His NCAA knowledge is deep, too. As a sophomore, he clinched the Trojans' 2014 NCAA Championship, and he's been a key player in the NCAA lineup for USC every season. Now a junior, Nick Crystal was a freshman on that 2014 NCAA roster, and he enters his third NCAA journey ranked #39 in the nation in singles while taking his place as half of USC's top doubles duo with freshman Laurens Verboven. Together, that pair ranks #50 in the land. Junior Rob Bellamy, sophomore Tanner Smith and #118-ranked sophomore Thibault Forget are the other Trojans on the roster with NCAA experience from last year's journey to the quarterfinals. The rest of USC's pool of talent is laden with freshmen. Topping out that crew in the rankings is #64 Logan Smith, with fellow freshman Jake DeVine weighing in at #114 in the national singles rankings. Another key freshman factor for the Trojan cause is Aussie import Jack Jaede.
For more NCAA tournament info, go to ncaa.com
MEN'S FIRST/SECOND ROUNDS - Marks Stadium
Saturday, May 14
WOMEN'S FIRST/SECOND ROUNDS - Malibu, Calif.
Saturday, May 14