BERKELEY – Pac-12 champion California earned a sixth seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship and will host Fairleigh Dickinson on May 9 at the Hellman Tennis Complex, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. The fourth-ranked Golden Bears have now been selected to all 33 team tournaments in NCAA history, and they bring a record of 18-4 into the 1 p.m. PT match against the Knights (13-4).
Cal also hosts a first-round-match between LSU (14-13) and Pepperdine (18-4) at 10 a.m. PT on May 9 at Hellman. The winners of the two first-round matches meet in the second round at noon PT on May 10 in Berkeley.
“We’re honored to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “It’s been something we’ve been fortunate enough to do consistently, but it takes a lot of work every year to make that happen. It’ll help our team a lot especially going into final exams. We’re happy to host a team like Pepperdine that we’re familiar with and FDU and LSU. It should be a great weekend of tennis next weekend.”
This marks the ninth consecutive year that Cal will host opening NCAA action, including the first and second rounds from 2008-14 and regionals from 2006-07.
Cal is one of six Pac-12 teams in the NCAA field, including fifth-seeded and top-ranked UCLA (21-2), 11th-seeded and ninth-ranked Stanford (16-2), 16th-seeded and 13th-ranked USC (16-7), 23rd-ranked Arizona (17-5) and 24th-ranked Arizona State (18-7).
Regarding tournament seeding, Augustus said, “There were some upsets in the ACC last weekend, so it’s hard to say how the computer sorted everything out. There are a lot of teams that have a shot to go all the way, and I think we’re in that mix. It’s one round at a time, and if you want to win the tournament, you’ve got to beat everybody else that’s in the tournament, so we’ll just prepare as we have – one match at a time. We’re excited at this opportunity. This is the postseason, and we’re ready to go.”
Cal has never played FDU in women’s tennis. The Bears have a 1-0 all-time record against LSU and a 29-6 all-time record against Pepperdine.
NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships
The fields for the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments will be announced on NCAASports.com by 3 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Tickets for the matches in Berkeley will cost $10 for adults as well as $5 for seniors 65 and older, youths high school age or younger, and students with valid ID from the four participating institutions. Tickets can be purchased (cash only) at the Stow Plaza gate at the Hellman Tennis Complex on the day of each match.
Last Year in the NCAA Team Tournament
Eighth-seeded California ended its run for the team title at the 2013 NCAA Championships when it dropped a 4-2 quarterfinal result to top-seeded Florida on May 19 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The Golden Bears trailed 3-2 in the waning moments of the match, with 70th-ranked freshman Lynn Chi leading the Gators' No. 89 Brianna Morgan (Florida) on court four, 0-6, 6-1, 4-1. But that match became moot when Cal senior Annie Goransson fell to 116th-ranked Caroline Hitimana, 6-3, 6-2, on court six to wrap up the contest.
The Bears ended their season with a 19-6 record, while Florida improved to 26-2.