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UC Santa Barbara Champs Headed To NCAA Tournament


2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Bracket

2016 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship Bracket

Big West Tennis Release No. 16

The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's tennis tournament champions learned their destinations for the 2016 NCAA Tournament today.

The men, under 17th-year head coach Marty Davis, drew Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the first round.  The two squads will meet at USC's Marks Stadium on Friday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.  The host Trojans will face UNLV in the other first round matchup.  The two winners will play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 in a second round contest.

This is the 12th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Gaucho men, and the ninth under Davis.  The Gauchos are making their second straight NCAA trip.

Winners of eight straight and 11 of its last 13 matches, UCSB wrapped up its second consecutive Big West Tournament title last weekend at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The Gauchos topped UC Irvine and Cal Poly to secure the program's 10th overall tourney championship, including seven in a 13-year period at Indian Wells.

UCSB (17-6, 5-0 Big West), ranked No. 46 in the latest Oracle/ITA national rankings, face a 33rd-ranked Georgia squad that lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.  No stranger to clashing with ranked opponents this season, the Gauchos have registered wins against No. 37 Louisville, No. 43 Pepperdine, No. 47 Denver and No. 63 Washington at various points.

The Gaucho women are reacquainting themselves with the NCAA Tournament after a 20-year hiatus.  Fourth-year head coach Simon Thibodeau led the troops to their first Big West Tournament crown since 1996 last weekend at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The second-seeded Gauchos defeated UC Davis, CSUN and Hawai‘i over three days to break Long Beach State's stranglehold on the trophy.  The Beach had won five straight and 11 of the previous 12 tournaments in Indian Wells.

UCSB (18-7, 7-1 Big West) is heading to Berkeley to take on Kansas in the first round.  The match will be played on Friday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m.  The host Golden Bears will battle UT-Rio Grande Valley in the other first round tilt.  The two winners will see each other in second round action on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.

On an eight-match winning streak and having won 12 of its last 13 contests, UCSB has a win over No. 24-ranked Fresno State on its résumé.  Of the seven Gaucho losses, six have come by 4-3 scores.

This is the third overall NCAA appearance for the Gaucho women after previous stints in 1994 and 1996.