SAN DIEGO -- The No. 47 University of San Diego men's tennis team (17-10) will face No. 30 Wisconsin (17-7) in first round action of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships this Friday, May 12th. The two teams will square off at 10:00 a.m. at Marks Stadium on the campus of USC. The host USC Trojans (25-5) were selected as the tournament's No. 4 seed and they will play Denver (13-12) in Friday's second match at approximately 1:00 pm. The winners from Friday's two matches will play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th. The winner of the second round match earns a ticket to Athens, Georgia, to continue NCAA action in the Round of 16 and beyond at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
TORERO NCAA HISTORY: This marks USD's seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the school's 14th trip overall. The Toreros have reached the second round eight times including last season under then first-year head coach Ryan Keckley. In 2016 the Toreros defeated Vanderbilt 4-0 before falling to UCLA in the second round, 4-0.
HEAD COACH Ryan Keckley: Ryan Keckley enters Friday's match with a two-year record of 41-18. In two years he has directed the Toreros to back-to-back WCC titles and NCAA appearances. In his rookie year the Toreros went undefeated in WCC play and set a school record with 15 shutouts. Additionally, Uros Petronijevic became the first Torero All-American since 2009 and the doubles duo of Filip Vittek and Jordan Angus advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships, the furthest for a Torero tandem since 2002. As a team, the Toreros finished No. 29 in the country and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships. Keckley spent three seasons as USD's assistant coach to Brett Masi from September 2009 through July, 2012, before spending three years at Princeton as an assistant coach. Keckley enjoyed a successful undergraduate career at Notre Dame before moving into the coaching ranks. Keckley was a mainstay in the ITA doubles rankings while at Notre Dame, ending his career with the third-most doubles victories (81) in program history. The Irish advanced to the NCAA tournament in all four of his years there, twice reaching the Round of 16.
FOUR STRAIGHT WCC TITLES: San Diego won its fourth straight West Coast Conference Championship in 2017, becoming the first Toreros program to win four straight league championships. As the No. 4 seed, San Diego knocked off No. 5 San Francisco (5-0), No. 1 Portland (4-2) and No. 2 Pepperdine (4-3). In the championship match against Pepperdine, the Waves took an early 3-1 lead in the Final Round of the WCC Championship. They took the doubles point and two more singles points, but their wins stopped there. Slowly but confidently, the Toreros crept up on the Waves match by match. Joel Gamerov was the first point that USD put on the scoreboard. He defeated Jack Van Slyke 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot. Filip Vittek was the next big win for San Diego on court No. 1. He defeated Guilherme Hadlich and started the Torero turnaround with a score of 7-6 (5), 6-3. Alexandros Araouzos, at the No. 6 position, tied up the match with a win over Dane Esses in the third set, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. The final match point was down to a battle on court three between Josh Page and Lautaro Pane. Page defeated his Wave competitor 7-6, 1-6, 6-3. Page not only clinched a win for USD, but clinched the match point that gave the Toreros their fourth WCC Championship title in a row. USD has won a total of seven West Coast Conference Championships.
"The support and guidance from our administration has helped this program reach new heights," said Head Coach Ryan Keckley. "They provide for these young men everything they need in order to achieve the goals set at the beginning of each season. These past four WCC championships have been in every essence a team effort by everyone who has given their time, energy and resources to make this possible for my boys."
Filip Vittek SELECTED FOR NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP: Senior Filip Vittek (Trnava, Slovakia), the team's No. 1 singles player, is currently ranked No. 93 in the nation. He will be making his first trip as a singles player to the NCAA Tournament. The past two seasons he competed in doubles in the NCAA Tourney with partner Jordan Angus. The duo reached the round of 16 in 2016. Vittek is a three-time All-WCC First Team Singles selection and a four-time All-WCC First Team Doubles honoree.
2017 ALL-WCC HONORS: This season Vittek was selected First Team All-WCC Singles, and First Team All-WCC Doubles with senior partner Josh Page (Ruislip, Middlesex, England). They have combined for a 21-8 overall record this season. Vittek is USD's all-time leader in double victories with 89. Freshman Gui Osorio (Caldas da Rainha, Portugal) was selected All-WCC honorable mention in singles. He owns an overall singles record of 15-8 (8-5 at No. 2). Additionally, Page was selected to the WCC All-Academic Team (Communication Studies, 3.2 GPA).
SCOUTING THE BADGERS: The 30th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers are making their first NCAA appearance since 2010 when they advanced to the round of 16. Wisconsin's 17-7 record includes a victory over the Toreros back on March 22nd (5-2) in San Diego. Junior Lamar Remy earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and teammate Josef Dodridge took home second-team All-Big Ten accolades. All six of Wisconsin's starters have reached the 20-win milestone this season. Junior Chema Carranza leads Wisconsin with 28 wins. Head Coach Danny Westerman is in his second year (31-16 record).
NCAA Men's First & Second Rounds (Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.) Friday (May 12) - First Round 10 a.m. -- Wisconsin (17-7) vs. San Diego (17-10) 1 p.m. --  USC (25-5) vs. Denver (13-12) Saturday (May 13) - Second Round 1 p.m. - Friday winners
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