UC Santa Barbara Men's, Women's Tennis Learn NCAA Tournament Destinations
2017 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament Bracket
2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Bracket
Big West Tennis Release No. 17
Live Stats - UCSB vs. UCLA Women
Live Stats - UCSB vs. Ole Miss Men
The UC Santa Barbara men’s and women’s Big West Tournament champions found out their opponents for the 2017 NCAA Tennis Tournaments, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
The UCSB men will tangle with No. 28 Ole Miss of the Southeastern Conference in the first round on Friday, May 12 at the Sunset Recreation Center on the campus of UCLA. The match will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The Gauchos (19-5) won their third consecutive Big West Tournament championship last week at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The top seed, they defeated No. 4 UC Irvine and No. 3 Cal Poly to clinch the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. UCSB has captured eight of the 14 tournament titles since the event moved to Indian Wells in 2004. It was the program’s 11 championship overall, including the 10th under head coach Marty Davis.
This is the 10th time that Davis has taken a UCSB team to the NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos are familiar with UCLA as an NCAA site, having competed there in 2015, 2003 and 2002 under Davis.
UCSB enters the postseason with a 19-5 record while Ole Miss is 16-9 overall after losing to Florida in the SEC Championship. The No. 40-ranked Gauchos have won a school-record 12 consecutive matches, and the 19 wins is the second-most by a Big West program since the conference began round-robin play in 2006. Four of UCSB’s five losses have come against top-10 opponents.
The winner of the match between UCSB and Ole Miss will play the winner of No. 5 seed UCLA and Army on Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.
The Gaucho women are back in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year after capturing their second consecutive Big West Tournament championship.
As the No. 2 seed, UCSB downed No. 7 Cal Poly, No. 3 Long Beach State and top-seeded Hawai‘i last weekend in Indian Wells for the program’s eighth tourney title. Fifth-year head coach Simon Thibodeau led the Gauchos to a win over Kansas in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the program’s first postseason win in 20 years.
Unranked UCSB will face No. 23 UCLA in the first round on Friday, May 12 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on the campus of Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. The match will start at 10:00 a.m. No. 11-ranked Pepperdine will host LIU Brooklyn in the other first round matchup at 1:00 p.m.
The two winners will play a second round match at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.
UCSB is 17-9 overall and enters the NCAA Tournament on a 10-match winning streak. The Gauchos last lost on March 30 against Big West regular season champion Hawai‘i. UCSB avenged that loss in the Big West Tournament.
The Gauchos played both UCLA and Pepperdine in the regular season, posting 4-0 and 5-2 losses, respectively.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
UC Santa Barbara Prepare To Take On Ole Miss
The UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, seeking to break through the first round. The Gauchos last won a first round NCAA match in 1998, and have since dropped 10 straight decisions in the tourney. Some other notes on the UCSB program:
• The Gauchos are ranked a season-high No. 37 in the May 4 Oracle/ITA team rankings. They have been ranked in the top 50 of the poll for five straight weeks.
• UCSB’s first round NCAA opponent is No. 27 Ole Miss. That will represent the sixth time this season that UCSB has faced a top-30 foe. Four of the five opponents they have played are currently ranked in the ITA top-10 – No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 TCU, No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 California. The Gauchos also played No. 24 Oregon. UCSB lost 4-3 to Cal, Oregon and Baylor.
• UCSB’s current 12-match winning streak is a school record. UCSB needs one more win to reach 20, which would tie a Big West record for most victories in a season.
Gauchos Return To NCAA Tournament
The UC Santa Barbara women’s team won the Big West Tournament as a No. 2 seed for the second straight year, returning to the NCAA Tournament as the conference’s automatic qualifier once again. Some other notes on the UCSB program:
• UCSB is ranked No. 47 in the May 4 Oracle/ITA rankings. The Gauchos were previously ranked once before this season, checking in at No. 48 on April 18.
• Six of UCSB’s nine losses have occurred to teams ranked in the ITA top 35 at the time of the match. One of those setbacks came to then-No. 20 UCLA on Feb. 4. The Bruins are ranked No. 23 entering the NCAA first round matchup with the Gauchos.
NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships
Both UCSB squads have fielded strong doubles teams all year. The Gauchos have men’s and women’s representatives at the upcoming NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga. For the men, Morgan Mays and Simon Freund have been ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and they enter the 32-team bracket currently positioned at No. 35. They are the first Gaucho duo since 1992 to represent the program at the NCAA Doubles Championship. The women are bringing Palina Dubavets and Melissa Baker to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The UCSB pair is ranked No. 51 in the country by the ITA. Hawai‘i freshman Petra Melounova is also representing the Big West in the women’s singles tourney.