May 17, 2011
Men's Tennis Championship Central Women's Tennis Championship Central
IRVING, Texas - For only the second time in the league's history, Conference USA will send both a men's and a women's team to the NCAA Tennis Championship Sweet 16. The Tulsa men and the SMU women took a pair of victories in the opening rounds to advance in the tournament.
With wins over No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas, No. 36 Tulsa (21-7) advances to the first Sweet 16 in school history. The Golden Hurricane will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on No. 4 Ohio State Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are the fourth-seeded team in the Championship while Tulsa is only one of two unseeded squads remaining.
A win will land the Tulsa squad in the Elite Eight with a matchup against the winner of either No. 5 Baylor or No. 11 UCLA. The quarterfinal contest will take place Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. ET.
The Golden Hurricane opened NCAA action with a 4-2 win over in-state rival Oklahoma and continued its hot play with a five-hour, 4-3 victory over Texas.
The SMU women find themselves in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987 after downing No. 31 Texas A&M and No. 12 Florida State, each by 4-3 scores. The wins propel the team, ranked 32nd in the nation, into a third-round contest against No. 7 Baylor, set for Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. ET.
With a win, the Mustangs will face either No. 4 North Carolina or No. 19 Vanderbilt in the Elite Eight. Both SMU and Vanderbilt are the only non-seeded teams remaining in the women's bracket.
Hosted by Stanford University, all remaining matches of both the men's and women's 2011 NCAA Tennis Championships will be held at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.
Fans can find more information on the event at www.NCAA.com.