Senior J.T. Sundling, a Los Angeles-area native, returns to Southern California for the NCAA First Round.
April 30, 2013
2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
FORT WORTH—TCU was selected to appear in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship for the 25th time in program history Tuesday when this season’s full 64-team bracket was announced. The Horned Frogs earned a No. 3 seed and will square off against No. 2 seed Drake in first-round action in Los Angeles on May 10.
TCU (18-9) and Drake (24-3) will join UCLA (24-1) and UMKC (13-10) in the Los Angeles Regional at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Frogs’ selection marked their first since 2010, when they claimed the Mountain West Championship crown, as well as the first under third-year head coach David Roditi.
“We’re pleased to be headed back to the NCAA Championship,” Roditi said. “At the same time, it’s just one more step in putting this program back to its rightful place among the nation’s elite teams. We have a young squad here that should be proud of its performance in reaching this point, but there is still much that remains for us to accomplish.”
Awaiting TCU in the NCAA first round is Drake, which earned an at-large bid to the tournament after falling in the title round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship to Wichita State. The Bulldogs claimed the MVC’s regular-season crown with a perfect 5-0 record and currently rank No. 27 nationally after climbing as high as No. 17 earlier this season.
The winner between the Frogs and Bulldogs will advance to play the winner of UCLA and UMKC on Saturday, May 11. UCLA received the top overall seed in this year’s tournament field after winning both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles. The Bruins’ lone loss came to cross-town rival USC in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in mid-February, while they will bring a 15-match winning streak into NCAA play. UMKC earned an automatic bid after claiming the Summit League Championship.
The team to advance out of the Los Angeles Regional will compete in the NCAA Championship Team Finals held May 16 through 21 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill.
The regional matches will be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best-of-three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.
The Frogs received an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament after finishing the season with a 18-9 overall record and fourth place in the Big 12 Conference. The 18 victories mark the most for the program since 2008, when the team advanced to the NCAA second round. The squad concluded the regular season listed at No. 35 in the ITA’s national ratings system.
The first-round meeting between TCU and Drake will mark only the second ever between the two schools. The Frogs took the only previous decision by a 4-3 count on March 20, 1993 at the Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
Two Drake players were featured in the latest ITA national singles rankings, No. 63 Anis Ghorbel and No. 120 Robin Goodman. The Frogs will counter with 104th-rated sophomore Nick Chappell, as well as the nation’s 52nd-ranked doubles team of Chappell and sophomore Will Stein.
Individual fields for the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be announced Wednesday at 5 p.m.