NEW YORK – For the first time in program history, Columbia will host NCAA Tournament First and Second Round matches as the NCAA released seedings and 16 host sites for the 2018 Men’s Tennis Tournament on Tuesday evening. Columbia secured the nation’s No. 16 overall seed and enters First and Second Round play as the No. 1 regional seed after earning the Ivy League’s automatic bid.
First-round competition begins on Friday, May 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y. as No. 1 seed Columbia (17-4, 6-1 Ivy League) will face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Monmouth (15-13) in a First Round matchup at 1 p.m., while Virginia (13-12) will play Atlantic 10 champion VCU (16-9) at 10 a.m.. The winners will advance to Second-Round action on Saturday, May 12 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. First-serve is at Noon.
The winner of each site advances to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where 16 teams will compete for the national championship, scheduled for May 18-22. The event will be hosted by Wake Forest University. A complete NCAA Tournament bracket is listed at this link.
With a 4-0 victory at No. 45 Cornell on Saturday, Columbia claimed its fifth consecutive Ivy League Championship. The Lions tied for the title with Dartmouth as both teams finished with identical 6-1 league records. Columbia is also ranked No. 16 nationally in the latest ITA rankings.
Columbia earns its 13th all-time NCAA Tournament berth in men’s tennis, while this season marks the fifth consecutive year that the Lions have advanced to the tournament after winning an Ivy League title. Other seasons that Columbia advanced to NCAA Tournament play include: 1984, 1987, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018. Columbia Head Coach Bid Goswami has guided the Lions to all 13 appearances.
Columbia has advanced to NCAA Sweet Sixteen play two times in both 2014 and 2015. The Lions won their first two matches in both years. The Lions have an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 5-12.
In last year’s 2017 NCAA Tournament played in Charlottesville, Va., Columbia defeated Purdue 4-2 in the first round before falling to overall No. 1 seed and eventual NCAA Champion Virginia.
Previously ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, Columbia enters the tournament after winning seven of its last eight dual matches. The Lions are led by No. 23 ranked junior Victor Pham (24-8) and No. 53 ranked sophomore Jackie Tang (23-10) at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively. First-year Jack Lin (21-9), junior Timothy Wang (22-5), first-year Austen Huang (19-8) and sophomore Adam Ambrozy (11-8) round out Columbia’s singles lineup. In doubles, the nation’s No. 29 ranked doubles duo of Pham and Tang (14-10) and the nation’s No. 44 ranked doubles duo of Jack Lin/William Matheson (19-6) have enjoyed the most success. Columbia is 6-4 against nationally ranked teams on the season.
Columbia is 4-0 all-time in dual matches against Monmouth with the last matchup coming on March 3, 2017, a 7-0 Columbia victory.
NCAA Tournament matches shall be regulation dual matches. Three doubles
During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches. The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.ncaa.com.
Sixty-four teams were selected to compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, while 31 conference champions received automatic qualification.
2018 NCAA MEN’S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Host: Columbia University
Venue: USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center, Queens, N.Y.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Virginia (13-12) vs. VCU (16-9), 10 a.m. ET
No. 1 seed Columbia (17-4) vs. Monmouth (15-13), 1 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Winners Advance to Second Round, Noon ET
Winners advance to 2018 NCAA Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.