This weekend the 2019 Division 1 Men's and Women's Team Tennis Championships began as a total of 128 teams compete for National title glory! A total of 32 local sites hosted the first and second round regionals which will then be followed by Super Regionals to determine which of the final eight men's and women's teams will book flights to Orlando where the quarterfinals will be held on May 16 and 17. Finally on May 19 the winning teams will hoist hardware and be crowned the 2019 NCAA National Champions. On the men's side Ohio State competed as expected and progressed through the first two rounds in dominating fashion beating Cleveland State 4-0 in the first round and Vanderbilt 4-0 in the second round. Led by the ITA's No. 1 ranked player J.J. Wolf, Ohio State (29-2) were bringing an impressive 13 match winning streak into the NCAAs. “We’re motivated and keeping that dream of hoisting that big trophy at the end of the season (is our goal),” Head Coach Ty Tucker said. “We’re just trying to over-achieve. We got beat (by Texas and Texas A&M) and I think losing those two matches has helped us a little.” Second-seeded Texas (23-3) has made 37 NCAA appearances but – just like Ohio State – has never come home with a national title. The Longhorns came into the tournament still hurting over a Big 12 Conference Championship loss to Baylor but rebounded impressively in their first two matches winning 4-0 against Tennessee Tech and 4-1 against South Florida in the second round. To see the men's bracket and schedule click here.
On the women's side top-seeded Georgia (23-1) is the SEC Conference runner-up after suffering its only defeat of the season in the conference final to South Carolina. The Bulldogs and head coach Jeff Wallace are seeking their first national title since 2000 and began the tournament with a clear statement to the rest of the field by beating Alabama State 4-0 and Wake Forest 4-0 in the second round. The No. 4-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (20-3) appear at the bottom of Georgia’s side of the bracket so a potential semifinal rematch is a real possibility, but No. 13 USC (18-7), No. 5 Duke (23-3), and No. 8 Vanderbilt (16-7), will undoubtedly have something to say about that with all teams advancing after the first two rounds of play. Defending NCAA champion Stanford (22-1) comes in as the No. 3 seed and head coach Lele Forood always has the Cardinal clicking this time of year. They comfortably beat New Mexico State 4-0 and followed this with an commanding 4-1 win over top team Syracuse. To see the women's bracket and schedule click here.
The next round of action begins on May 10 and you can check back here and on our social media channels for regular updates and follow up's on the results of both of these exciting tournaments. Good luck to everyone playing and competing in the remaining matches!