College Teams Advance to NCAA Championship Super Regionals

College Teams Advance to NCAA Championship Super Regionals

The 2024 NCAA D1 Tennis Championship began last weekend and 16 men’s and 16 women’s college programs remain in the hunt for national titles. The first and second rounds of the NCAA team event were held at campuses around the country.

There were two upsets each on both sides, with 14 men’s and 14 women’s host teams advancing. Vanderbilt women upset Ohio State in Columbus while Miami women took down Florida in Gainesville. On the men’s side, Stanford knocked out Oklahoma in Norman and South Carolina defeated NC State in Raleigh.

North Carolina Women to Face Challenge Early

Looking ahead to the Super Regionals (the Sweet 16), taking place this Friday and Saturday, there is a clear match of the week with the Texas A&M women’s team traveling to Chapel Hill to face defending national champions North Carolina.

This year's Universal Tennis Foundation Hurd Award champion Fiona Crawley is leading the Tar Heels in her final college season.

The Tar Heels (with UTR Power 6 of 65.91) and the Aggies (65.54) have the two highest UTR Power 6’s in the country, yet only one of the two teams will advance to the rest of the tournament (hosted by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.) for the quarterfinals.

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Another enticing matchup on the women’s side is Stanford (65.39) hosting North Carolina State (63.08) in a rematch of last year’s NCAA semifinal where the Wolfpack swept the Cardinal 4-0. This time around, however, the recent Pac-12 Tournament champions are the favorites as they look to reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year after failing to do so in both 2021 and 2022.

See the women's team bracket here.

Virginia Leads Men's Draw Favorites

On the men’s side, the University of Virginia (80.35) won their 13th and 14th consecutive matches at the NCAA Championship as they look to earn a three-peat and win their third straight national trophy.

The Hoos, seeded No. 3, will face South Carolina (79.28) while top-seeded Ohio State (82.29) faces Mississippi State (77.98) and No. 2-seeded Texas (83.19) takes on Texas A&M (78.52).

In the most tightly contested match by Power 6 this week, Columbia (79.91) hosts Arizona (79.66) in a fight between teams with the No. 6 and No. 7-highest UTR Power 6’s. Also of note, unseeded Stanford (80.10) heads to Winston Salem to challenge Wake Forest (79.43) with the Cardinal holding a slight advantage on paper with their roster that is highlighted by Nishesh Basavareddy (UTR 14.41), a sophomore with the highest UTR Rating among college players.

See the men's team bracket here.

Next Stop, Oklahoma

The field will be cut in half once again after this weekend, so make sure to tune in and follow your favorite teams as they compete for a chance to travel to Stillwater! The NCAA Elite Eight will take place May 16 and 17, with the team tournament running through May 19.

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