For the 17th time in coach Jeff Brown’s 19 seasons, the LSU men’s tennis team has been selected to compete in the NCAA tournament, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
No. 36 LSU (14-11, 5-7 SEC) will face No. 26 Rice in the first round of the tournament at TCU’s Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Host and No. 4 overall seed TCU will take on Jackson State. First- and second-round competition will take place May 13-14 or May 14-15 and features four teams playing a single-elimination format.
The winner of the second-round match will advance to the NCAA championships and compete in the Round of 16. Tulsa will host the championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center May 20-24.
This marks LSU’s 31st NCAA tournament appearance in school history with Brown leading the Tigers in 17 of those appearances. LSU ranks second in the SEC for the most tournament appearances behind Georgia’s 38. The Tigers are ranked eighth in all-time NCAA appearances.
Meanwhile, the LSU women also earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.
The team will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on Columbia in the first round of the tournament at 9 a.m. May 13. If the Lady Tigers advance, they will play the winner of 14th-seeded Virginia and Fairleigh-Dickinson in the second round at 2 p.m. May 14.
LSU reached the quarterfinal of the SEC women’s tennis tournament after defeating No. 23 Kentucky in the second round. The team heads into the NCAA tournament with an 18-11 record.
Joana Vale Costa leads the way for LSU on Court 1 with a 15-11 dual record and 5-8 mark in SEC play.
The junior was named to the first team All-SEC for the second time by the conference coaches.
Jessica Golovin earned a spot on the All-Freshman team after compiling an 11-14 record in dual matches. Golovin played court two for LSU this season and faced off against 17 ranked opponents.
Columbia is 13-8 on the year and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Lions were ranked as high as 32nd in the ITA team rankings during the season and hold nine ranked victories.
Senior Kanika Vaidya was named the IVY League Player of the Year after finishing with a 19-1 record in the spring and 7-0 record in conference play. Vaidya is on an 18-match win streak, which includes a win over sixth-ranked Stephanie Wanger of Miami.