STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (14-5, 5-2 Pac-12) will be making its 35th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
The Cardinal is headed to Waco, Texas, and will square off against Tulsa (15-12, 0-0 Conference USA) on May 10 at 9 a.m. PT in its NCAA Tournament opener. Host Baylor (23-5, 4-1 Big 12) faces Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (19-9, 6-0 Southland) in the other first-round match at 12 p.m. PT.
Stanford begins its NCAA journey away from home for the second consecutive season, dropping a 4-2 first-round decision to LSU in Malibu, Calif., last year.
Stanford currently stands at No. 27 in the latest edition of the ITA rankings (as of April 22). The next edition of the rankings, which will be used throughout the postseason, will be released on Thursday.
All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off at the NCAA Tennis Championships, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., beginning Friday, May 16. The national championship matches are set for Tuesday, May 20.
Baylor, the tournament’s No. 9 overall seed, will host NCAA first and second round competition on May 10-11.
Stanford, which finished third in the highly-competitive Pac-12, earned an at-large bid thanks to a strong finishing kick in the regular season, climbing 25 spots in the poll during the month of April. The Cardinal posted four victories over top-40 opponents, including No. 16 California and No. 22 Boise State, while four of its five losses were against teams ranked in the top-10.
Stanford owns a 103-19 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1977, participating in all but three tournaments. During that time, Stanford has won 15 NCAA team titles, with the most recent crown coming back in 2000 after defeating VCU 4-0.