W.Tennis Set For 22nd NCAA Tournament Appearance
May 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
After posting its best season in a decade, the San Diego State women's tennis team is set for the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs were awarded an at-large berth to the tournament after having a stellar 2013 season. SDSU had an impressive 22-5 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Mountain West play. San Diego State earned the top seed in the league championships only to be upset in the final by second seed UNLV. The Rebels would claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs would be the only other Mountain West team to earn a spot in the 64-team tournament.
San Diego State is set to take on No. 20 Baylor on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. CT at Northwestern University's Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. If the Aztecs defeat the Bears, they will face the winner of the matchup between host Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, May 11 with a start time slated for noon CT.
Scouting The Bears
Previously At The Tournament
The Aztecs faced Washington at the Marks Tennis Center on the USC campus. The Huskies would sweep doubles play and notch the additional three points needed for the win in singles play.
Head coach Peter Mattera was also honored this season for his exemplary leadership of the team. Mattera guided SDSU to one of the best season's for any of his teams in his 20 years at San Diego State. Mattera earned his second consecutive Mountain West Coach of the Year award this season, the third of his career.
Northwestern enters the tournament with an 18-8 mark and claimed the Big 10 automatic bid after winning its 15th-consecutive conference title. The 11th-ranked Wildcats boast one singles player in No. 57 Kate Turvy and one doubles team in No. 14 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton.
UIC holds a 16-5 overall record and owns the regular season and Horizon Championship titles. The league championship is the 17th-straight for the Flames.
Northwestern and UIC have faced off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before, coming in 2008 when the Wildcats came out on top, 4-0.