April 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's team (17-9, 6-2 WCC) was selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament. The Toreros will face Alabama (14-13, 3-8) on May 10th at USC.
The Toreros were on the bubble after losing to BYU in the semi-finals of the WCC Tournament last weekend, but were selected as an at-large bid. This marks the third consecutive year the Toreros have made the NCAA Tournament. The last two years the Toreros have won their first round match before losing in the second round.
If the Toreros win, they will face the winner of the USC vs. Sacramento State match on May 11th. The Trojans have won four consecutive national championships and beat the Toreros 6-1 back on February 28 in San Diego.
Despite Alabama going 14-13 and 3-9 in the SEC, the Crimson Tide currently hold a No. 28 national ranking in the ITA, showing the SEC's strength in men's tennis. Alabama entered the SEC Tournament as the No. 12 seed, but managed to knock off 13th seeded Arkansas (No. 58 in ITA rankings) and the No. 5 seed Ole Miss (No. 7 in the ITA rankings) before falling to No. 4 Texas A&M (No. 11 in ITA rankings) in the quarterfinals. The SEC has eight teams ranked in the ITA's top 20.
The Crimson Tide are led by Jarryd Botha, who is ranked No. 54 in singles by the ITA and holds an 16-8 dual record playing at the No. 1 and 2. Becker O'Shaughnessey is also ranked at No. 125 and holds a 16-8 dual record while playing at the No. 1, 2, or 3 spots for the Tide. O'Shughnessey is also ranked in doubles with Danlil Proskura at No. 28.
The Toreros have only faced Alabama once before, losing to the Tide 5-4 in 1990.
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