Cougar Tennis team heading to NCAA Tournament
PULLMAN, Wash. —
The Washington State University women’s tennis team was one of 64 teams named to the 2019 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships field, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Cougars (19-10), ranked 34th nationally, will face No. 19 Miami (18-7) as part of the four-team bracket May 3 at Stillwater, Okla. Host and No. 15 overall seed Oklahoma State (19-7) will face Central Arkansas (20-7) with the winners of the two matches meeting May 4.
“Being selected for the 2019 NCAA Championships is a great reward for our team and a testament to their efforts throughout the season,” said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart , who is in her 16th year leading the Cougars. ” We were so close last year and to have our seniors get to experience the NCAA’s is a great feeling. They, along with the entire team, have worked tremendously hard this season and I believe our results support that. Our win over UCLA shows that we can beat the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have the opportunity to prove that starting this weekend.”
“Being selected for the NCAA Championships is a great reward, and I feel well deserved, for what we have achieved this season,” said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart , who is in her 16th year leading the Cougars. ” Our results this season have been a true team effort. We have won throughout all parts of our lineup and have come from behind for victories, which is a testament to the great leadership we have on this team. We have also accomplished all of this playing in the best tennis conference in the nation.”
The 2019 season has seen many milestones for the program, including a program-best No. 15 national rankings. Late in the season, WSU defeated No. 10 UCLA, marking just the second time in program history the Cougars have defeated the Bruins, and also recorded the highest-ranked win in school history. WSU’s 19 wins this season are tied for the second-most at WSU all-time, matching the 1994 and 2012 seasons, and just two shy of 2018.
This year marks the third time in Hart’s tenure that the Cougars have been selected for the team championship, the others coming in 2008 when WSU fell to No. 27 LSU in the first round, and 2012, when WSU defeated No. 36 Florida State in the first round before falling to eventual national champion Florida in the second round. The Cougars also reached the postseason in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002. The 2001 squad defeated Indiana, 4-0, in the opening round for the Cougars’ first postseason victory.
The NCAA Tournament is comprised of 64 teams competing at 16, 1st/2nd round sites. Following the opening two rounds, held May 3-5 at various venues across the country, the 16 winners advance to super regionals played at eight host sites with those winners advancing to the 2019 championship, conducted May 16-19 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
The Cougars are one of seven Pac-12 Conference teams to reach the postseason, joining No. 5 Stanford, No, 9 UCLA, No. 11 Washington, No. 15 USC, No. 16 California and No. 38 Arizona State.
For more information and a complete bracket of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, go to ncaa.com.