LOGAN – Members of the No. 45 ranked Utah State men’s tennis team learned they will be traveling to Berkeley, Calif. to take on No. 23 Northwestern in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships later this month. It is the first time in program history the Aggie team has been selected to the tournament.
Much like the NCAA basketball tournament, 64 different Division I schools are represented. The Aggies learned of their selection Tuesday afternoon, when the team and some supporters met in the university’s Olympic Sports Building to watch the announcement as it was made live.
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The first-round match against Northwestern will take place Friday May 12. If USU can manage a win, it will face the winner of No. 8 California or Tennessee Tech in the second round.
According to a USU release, head coach James Wilson said it is a “great opportunity.”
“The excitement of it being our first-ever NCAA tournament is an awesome feeling and a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “The guys realize we have a very good opportunity. It’s going to be a tough match against Northwestern. They’ve been ranked inside the top-20 all year, and they’re a very good program. We feel like we’re playing our best tennis right now, and we’re very confident, so we’re going to be up for the challenge.”
Utah State’s NCAA tournament bid came after winning its second-straight Mountain West Conference championship and winning its first ever Mountain West tournament. This year’s 23 wins is a school record.