Tennis teams await fate
The brackets for the NCAA Division I tennis tournaments will be revealed today. What you need to know, courtesy staff writer Jeff Huth:
Webcast on ncaa.com, with the men’s bracket revealed at 4 p.m. and the women’s bracket at 4:30 p.m.
64 teams per bracket; 32 women’s teams and 31 men’s teams have earned conference automatic bids.
The men’s first two rounds are May 9-11, with host schools deciding which consecutive days to schedule matches during the three-day window. The women’s first two rounds are May 9-10. In each case, rounds are held at 16 campus sites (four teams per site), also to be announced today. The remainder of the tournament is in Athens, Ga., starting May 15.
What about the Illini?
Brad Dancer’s men are a lock for an at-large bid and are in strong position to be awarded hosting rights for the first two rounds. In last week’s ITA national rankings, Illinois was No. 12. (The next rankings are scheduled to be released Thursday). Michelle Dasso’s women have reason to be confident of an at-large bid, too, after coming in No. 37 in last week’s rankings and winning four of their last five matches.
The selections for the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championship fields will be announced at 5 p.m. Wednesday on ncaa.com. There are 64 players in the singles brackets and 32 teams in the doubles brackets. Based on last week’s ITA rankings, the Illini men are assured of having representatives in both. In singles, Jared Hiltzik is No. 8, Farris Gosea is No. 17 and Tim Kopinski is No. 56. In doubles, Kopinski and Ross Guignon are No. 5.