April 29, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team (16-12) received an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Championships, the NCAA announced as part of its selection show on Tuesday (April 29). The Wolverines were selected to compete at the Los Angeles regional, to be held at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. U-M will face 28th-ranked Oklahoma State (21-7) in the first round on Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. PDT.
With a win, Michigan would play the winner of USC (26-3), the tournament's No. 1 seed, and Idaho (11-13) on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. PDT. The regional winner advances to the 16-team NCAA Championships field, as teams will compete for the national title May 16-20 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"The most important thing is that we are in the tournament and we have an opportunity to represent, and compete for, Michigan at the NCAAs," head coach Bruce Berque said. "I think our guys will enjoy the opportunity to go out to Southern California because it will be a different experience.
"We realize that Oklahoma State is a very strong team. Even though we don't know much about their players, we do know that they have had a very good season, and we will have to play very good tennis to advance."
Michigan is making its ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships under Berque and its 16th appearance since 1994. This season, the Wolverines finished sixth in Big Ten regular-season standings with a 6-5 league record and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament after upsetting third-seeded and 24th-ranked Penn State, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. U-M boasts one All-Big Ten first team selection in junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep), who owns a 14-12 dual-match record, including a 5-6 mark in conference singles action. U-M's No. 1 singles player for the majority of the spring season, Petrone has posted four ranked victories during the 2014 campaign.
Selections for the NCAA Individual Championships (singles and doubles) will be announced on Wednesday (April 30). The individual tournament will bring the top singles players and doubles teams from across the country to Athens, Ga., immediately following the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championships. The individual tournament, featuring 64 players (singles) or teams (doubles), will begin on Wednesday, May 21, and run through Monday, May 26.
NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
(Marks Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Saturday, May 10
MICHIGAN (16-12) vs. No. 28 Oklahoma State (21-7), 9 a.m.
No. 1 USC (26-3) vs. Idaho (11-13), Noon
Sunday, May 11
MICHIGAN/Oklahoma State winner vs. No. 1 USC/Idaho winner, 1 p.m.
All times are Pacific Standard