Denver Men and SJSU Women to Play in NCAA Tournament
DENVER – The 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team Championship fields were announced on Tuesday. The Western Athletic Conference will be represented by the Denver men and the San Jose State women. Both schools earned the right to advance to the NCAA Tournament by winning the WAC Tournament.
The Pioneers (11-11) will head to the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., where they will face the Gators in the first round on May 10. Florida (17-10) lost to Tennessee in its semifinal match in the SEC Tournament. The Gators are ranked No. 15 in the most recent ITA rankings.
Also playing their first round action in Gainesville is No. 18 California (14-9) and No. 34 Florida State (18-10). The winners of the two first-round matches will play in the second-round on May 11.
The Spartans (19-5) were placed in Los Angeles, Calif., for the first-round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament and will face UC Irvine on the campus of Southern California on May 11. San Jose State lost to the Anteaters (22-4) in their January match in Irvine, 3-4. The match will be a battle of two ranked teams as UC Irvine currently sits at No. 31 and San Jose State No. 66 in the current ITA rankings.
The winner of San Jose State vs. UC Irvine match will meet the victor of USC (21-2) and Sacramento State (13-13). The Trojans won the Pac-12 and are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Hornets claimed the Big Sky title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Winners of the first and second-round sites will advance to Urbana, Ill., for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Championships. The Men’s action will be held at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Tennis Center from May 16-21. Women’s play will be held from May 17-21.