May 9, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's tennis team will take on San Diego in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship on Friday at 1 p.m. CT at Marks Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern California. The Crimson Tide is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2010 and 17th overall.
Alabama heads into the 64-team draw with a 14-13 overall record after winning two of its three matches at the Southeastern Conference Championship. The Tide's trio at the top of the singles lineup in Jarryd Botha, Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura won 16 apiece in dual match play, while Alabama's top two doubles teams have combined for 19 victories in the last 17 matches.
San Diego is making its third straight and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Championships, entering the tournament with a 17-9 record. The Toreros have been solid at the bottom of the lineup, with Uros Petronijevoc and Victor Pugliese winning 16 matches each. In doubles, Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy lead the way at the top spot, positing a 12-5 mark in dual matches.
Friday's meeting will be the second in program history between Alabama and San Diego. In the previous match, which took place on March 30, 1990, the Tide won, 5-4.
The winner of the match will advance to the second round, taking on either USC or Sacramento State on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. Live scoring will be available throughout the weekend and can be accessed by clicking here.