STANFORD, Calif.- Defending NCAA champion Stanford (16-2, 8-2 Pac-12) will be making its 33rd consecutive postseason appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
The Cardinal was awarded the No. 11 overall seed in the postseason draw and will host Quinnipiac (13-10, 8-0 MAAC) in its NCAA Tournament opener.
It's been another impressive season for Stanford, which was the nation’s last remaining undefeated team at 13-0 before suffering a 4-3 home loss to UCLA on April 4. The loss was Stanford’s first in nearly a year dating back to last season, when the Cardinal won its final six matches en route to capturing its 18th national championship (17 NCAA, 1 AIAW).
Stanford, which finished third in the ultra-competitive Pac-12, was ranked No. 1 for the first month of the season but checks in at No. 9 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.
Stanford owns a 129-16 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. The most storied program in college tennis, Stanford defeated No. 3 Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller to capture its 17th NCAA title last year. No. 12 Stanford (22-4, 8-2 Pac-12) became the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA title, also knocking off No. 5 USC, No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Florida along the way. The championship also extended Stanford's record streak of 37 years in a row with at least one NCAA title and paved the way for a 19th consecutive Directors' Cup.
Taube Family Tennis Stadium will play host to NCAA first and second round competition on May 9-10. The schedule for the first and second round matches is as follows:
Friday, May 9 (First Round): Tulsa (17-5, 2-0 Conference USA) vs. Long Beach State (20-2, 8-0 Big West) - 11 a.m.
Friday, May 9 (First Round): Stanford (14-5, 5-2 Pac-12) vs. Quinnipiac (13-10, 8-0 MAAC) - 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 (Second Round): Tulsa/Long Beach State/Stanford vs. Quinnipiac - 1 p.m.
All seats are general admission. Single-day tickets are $8 (adult) and $5 (student/youth/senior). Tickets are available starting on Wednesday, April 30, either in person, by calling 1-800-STANFORD or visiting www.gostanford.com. Phone orders will be available at will call.
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 Thursday, May 15. The national championship matches are set for Tuesday, May 20.
Stanford is coming off a 6-1 loss to California back on April 19 in its most recent matchup, with the rare home loss representing only its fifth setback at Taube Family Tennis Stadium over the last 15 years. The Cardinal, which has notched 11 shutouts, also owns resume-boosting victories over Texas, Rice, Florida, California, USC and Arizona State.