USC Women Are Berkeley-Bound For NCAA Action|
May 4, 2010
The USC women's tennis team has its focus on postseason play once again as the Trojans set up for their 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. This year, USC will open its NCAA run with a road trip to Berkeley, host site for four teams in the NCAA First and Second Rounds. Up for grabs in Berkeley next weekend - May 14-15 - is a ticket to the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond, with the remainder of NCAA action continuing in Athens, Ga. from May 20-25. The Trojans' first steps in this year's NCAA competition put USC (13-9) up against Sacramento State (19-6) in the NCAA First Round at 10 a.m. on Friday (May 14) at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Host California (18-5) is a No. 12 seed and will face Southern (12-5) for the right to move into the NCAA Second Round at 12 p.m. on Saturday (May 15) in Berkeley.
Ranked No. 20 in the nation, the USC women are coming off a fourth-place finish in the competitive Pac-10, which has six teams heading to the NCAA Championships this year. The Trojans' trip to the 2010 postseason marks their 29th overall appearance in the NCAA team tournament. In USC's NCAA visit last year, the Women of Troy were the automatic qualifiers from the conference after USC won its first Pac-10 Championship. The No. 7-seeded Trojans reached the 2009 NCAA Second Round and were tripped up by Washington to close down USC's season with a 21-3 overall record and ranked No. 9 in the nation. USC now holds a 57-26 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play and boasts seven national championships. The 1983 and 1984 crowns both were NCAA titles, as the NCAA began its women's tennis championships in 1982.
This year, USC has a young and talented lineup led by junior All-Pac-10 first-teamer Maria Sanchez, who is ranked No. 3 in the nation in singles, and her fellow All-Pac-10 honorees, No. 31 sophomore Alison Ramos and No. 37 freshman Danielle Lao. Also making a home for herself in the national singles rankings throughout the year is No. 112 freshman Valeria Pulido. Together, head coach Richard Gallien's Trojans are 13-9 overall with eight of those losses to teams ranked in the nation's top-12 and one to NCAA-bound Arizona State.
The seedings and bracket for the 2010 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships are set to be announced tomorrow (May 5). NCAA individual action will take place following the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga., at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Women's team play will run May 20-25, with individual competition going May 26-31.