|Tennis teams set for NCAAs|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho men’s and women’s tennis teams are set to head to Southern California for the opening round of the NCAA tennis tournament, where the women will face USC on May 9 at 2 p.m. and the men will take on the Trojans on May 10 at noon at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.
Both teams have had nearly two weeks off since claiming Western Athletic Conference tournament championships on Apr. 27. The women enter the NCAA tournament with a 19-5 overall record while the men are 11-13 entering the postseason.
“They’re excited about the opportunity,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “The women had a great year and came back from a few rough matches near the end to really accomplish something. The men overall had a pretty rough year and really started getting healthy and playing well at the right time. There’s a sense of accomplishment and they also really want to go out and see how they do against two of the best teams in the country.”
The USC women, seeded 16th in the tournament, are 16-7 on the season. Fresno State and Michigan will square off in the other match at the site, with the winners of Friday’s matches meeting on Saturday at 3 p.m. Idaho beat Fresno State during the regular season.
The USC men are seeded No. 1 in the tournament with a 26-3 overall record. Oklahoma State and Michigan join Idaho and USC in Southern California for the regional. Winners of Saturday’s first-round matches will play at 1 p.m. on May 11 with a spot in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., on the line.
“I’ve looked at their results this spring, and their lineups,” Beaman said of his knowledge of USC’s men’s and women’s teams. “I’ve talked to a few coaches about how they play doubles, so I’m somewhat familiar with them.”
The Vandal women are coming off their first conference championship in program history, while the men hadn’t won a title since winning the Big Sky in 1978.
“My expectation is that both teams go out and play hard,” Beaman said. “It is college tennis. Those are two very good programs that have had great years, but anything can happen if you go out and put in the right effort and have the right frame of mind.”
Links to live scoring can be found above or on the men’s and women’s tennis schedule pages.