BERKELEY – Nineteenth-ranked California claimed a 15th-consecutive appearance – and 33rd overall – in the postseason when it earned a date with Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA team tournament on May 10 at 7 a.m. PT/9 a.m. CT at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. The 19th-ranked Golden Bears bring a 15-7 record into the postseason against the 35th-ranked Red Raiders, who have a 13-10 record.
Texas A&M (24-6) is the eighth seed in the 64-team field and will host Alcorn State (9-8) in the first round at 10 a.m. PT/noon CT on May 10. The Cal/Texas Tech and Texas A&M/Alcorn State first-round winners will meet in the second round at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT on May 11 in College Station.
“We’re excited about traveling to Texas A&M for the first two rounds of the NCAAs,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “We know Texas Tech is a tough team, and Texas A&M has a very good record at home, but his is the postseason so anything can happen. We’re playing well and definitely looking forward to the challenge.”
This marks the second time that Cal will play Texas Tech in the NCAA first round, as the Bears beat the Red Raiders, 4-3, on 2012 in Berkeley. That was also the last time the two teams met, and Cal holds a 2-1 advantage in the short series with Texas Tech. Senior Ben McLachlan was a sophomore in 2012 and, playing at No. 1 singles, clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gonzalo Escobar.
The 64-team field includes automatic qualifiers from 31 conferences along with 33 at-large teams. First and second-round competition takes place May 9-11 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., where the remaining 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 16-20. The event will be hosted by Georgia.
Cal is one of five Pac-12 teams in the NCAA tournament, including top-seeded and top-ranked USC (26-3), fifth-seeded and fifth-ranked UCLA (22-3), 27th-ranked Stanford (14-5) and49th-ranked Oregon (17-9).
Ticket Information at Texas A&M
Here are the ticket prices for the May 10-11 NCAA men’s tennis matches in College Station, Texas:
$12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)
$7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club)
$5 Single Day General Admission
$3 Single Day Student/Youth
Free for children under age two
NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships
The selections for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be announced by 3 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Last Year in the NCAA Team Tournament
For the second straight season, California ended its run in the NCAA Championship round of 16 against Virginia - this time falling 4-0 on May 16, 2013, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The eighteenth-ranked Golden Bears' record ended up at 16-10, while the second-seeded and third-ranked Cavaliers' improved to 27-0.