Cal's men's and women's tennis teams received bids to the 2013 NCAA Championships on Tuesday.
The women have been chosen to all 32 NCAA Tournaments and this marks the eighth season in a row they have been seeded high enough to host first- and second-round matches. The Bears enter this year's field as the No. 8 seed and will play Stony Brook in the first round. Saint Mary's and Auburn are also coming to Berkeley. The matches will be May 10-11 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal's men's team is headed to the University of Florida for a first-round matchup against Florida State on May 10. Florida and Denver are the other two teams headed to Gainesville, Fla. for first- and second-round matches.
The men are ranked 18th in the nation and finished the regular season with a record of 14-9. This will be their 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Cal women will be looking to advance to the Round of 16 for the 12th time since the NCAA Championships went to 64 teams in 1999. The Bears reached the Elite Eight last season.
Coach Amanda Augustus, a former Cal star player now in her sixth season, led the Bears to back-to-back NCAA title match appearances in each of her first two years running the program.
"We're glad to be hosting, especially with our team finishing up their classes and going into finals," Augustus said shortly after her team watched the selections in the Haas Pavilion club room. "And it's a reward for having a good season. We've worked hard and we've had a really good regular season."
The Cal women are ranked No. 7 in the most recent national polls and finished the regular season at 16-5. The Bears feature two singles player ranked in the top 10 in the country -- No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi and No. 8 Anett Schutting.
Schutting has improved her ranking from No. 22 in the preseason, a development that has been especially important as the Bears have dealt with a couple of key injuries during the season.
"We've had some minor injuries here and there this season and at different times people have stepped up," Augustus said. "Particularly someone like Anett. She is now a consistent top-10 player with a legitimate shot."
Should the Bears get by Stony Brook and then the winner of the Saint Mary's-Auburn match, they would advance to the Round of 16 in Urbana, Ill.