Men's Tennis Back in the NCAA Championship; Tide Faces San Diego in the First Round

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM First-year head coach George Husack has the Tide back in the NCAA Championship
First-year head coach George Husack has the Tide back in the NCAA Championship

April 30, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Under first-year head coach George Husack, the men's tennis team was selected to take part in the 2013 NCAA Championship, and will be the No. 2 seed in Los Angeles. The Crimson Tide will take on San Diego in the first round on Friday, May 10, while the other first-round matchup will be host-institution Southern California against Sacramento State.

"This is a very exciting time for the players and the coaching staff," said Husack. "At the beginning of the year, we looked at making the tournament as a possible goal, but we just were not sure what would happen. This is a tremendous accomplishment."

Alabama (14-13) will be playing in the NCAA Championships for the 17th time in program history and first since 2010, where the Tide bowed out in the first round to East Tennessee State, 4-2. Alabama's best finish in the 64-team draw is the Round of 16, last accomplished in 2007.

Husack will be returning to the place he called home for three seasons, having taken over the reins at Alabama after serving as associate head coach at Southern Cal. During his tenure, the Trojans won three-straight NCAA Championship titles.

San Diego (17-9) earned an at-large bid after losing to BYU in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament last weekend. The Toreros are making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and 10th overall. The last two seasons, San Diego has advanced to the second round.

Sacramento State (17-12) will be making its 10th trip to the tournament in 15 seasons after securing the automatic berth out the Big Sky Conference by winning the league title. The Hornets have won their last three matches and 13 of their last 16 contests.

Four-time defending national champion Southern Cal (23-4) enters the tournament as the No. 4 overall seed. The Trojans fell short of winning back-to-back Pac-12 team titles last week, falling, 4-2, to top-ranked UCLA in the finals.

The winners of both first round matches will meet on Saturday, May 11, at 5 p.m. CT for the opportunity to advance onto the Round of 16, which will take place on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., beginning May 17.

Friday, May 10
1 p.m. CT - San Diego vs. Alabama
4 p.m. CT - USC vs. Sacramento State

Saturday, May 11
5 p.m. CT - Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2