NORMAN – For the ninth consecutive year, the Oklahoma men’s tennis team will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament by virtue of earning a top-16 seed in the NCAA Team Championships, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
The Sooners (19-5) received the No. 14 overall seed and will host Utah, Minnesota and Georgia at the Headington Family Tennis Center, May 11-12. OU will open the tournament with Utah on Friday, May 11, while Georgia and Minnesota square off on the other side of the bracket. The winners of the two matches will face each other on Saturday, May 12, with the winner of that match advancing to the NCAA Championships, held May 18-22 at Wake Forest.
“I’m happy for our guys,” said OU head coach Nick Crowell. “They put in a lot of hard work and dedication. They faced a lot of adversity and we’re excited to host the first two rounds of the NCAAs. We know that Utah has got a really good team and we’re going to start gearing up for those guys right away.”
This marks OU’s ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, with the Sooners advancing past the second round in each of the last five seasons. 2018 will also mark OU’s second NCAA appearance under Crowell.
In 2017, Sooners finished in the Sweet 16, and the doubles pairing of Spencer Papa and Andrew Harris brought home OU’s first individual tennis title.
Utah finished the season at 19-9 overall and enters the tournament as an at-large bid, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006. The Utes lost their last eight matches to close the season, but racked up wins over ranked opponents, including Arizona State, early in the year.
Minnesota comes to Norman at 15-8 on the year. In the Big Ten Tournament, the Golden Gophers advanced to the semifinals round where they were defeated by ultimate champion Ohio State.
Georgia compiled a 13-10 record and will make its 35th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs handed No. 3 overall seed Ohio State one of its two losses this season, sweeping the Buckeyes 4-0 at home. Georgia recorded a semifinals finish at the 2017 NCAA Championship on its home court in Athens, Ga.
The full 2018 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships bracket can be found here.
Selections for the individual championships will be announced Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT.
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