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Columbia and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center play host to the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.
Virginia (13-12, 5-7 ACC) and VCU (16-9, 4-0 A-10) kick off the action on Friday at 10 a.m., before a 1 p.m. match between Monmouth (15-13, 7-0 MAAC) and Columbia (17-4, 6-1 Ivy). The two teams that come out victorious on the first day meet at noon on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16, hosted by Wake Forest.
Admission on both days of the tournament will be free.
Fans driving to Flushing, Queens for the tournament are encouraged to park in Lot B on the facility grounds. Anyone taking public transportation can ride the 7-train to the Mets-Willets Point stop. Full directions can be found on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center web page.
Within the facility grounds, a deli cafe will be open from 5 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. on both days.
In case of rain or other inclement weather on either day, the matches will be moved to the Columbia Tennis Center at the Baker Athletics Complex.
ABOUT VCU | 16-9, 4-0 Atlantic-10 | Roster | Schedule | Stats
The Atlantic-10 tourney champions topped Dayton to win their second straight conference crown on Sunday, April 29. VCU is 16-9 on the season, and enters the NCAA field having won five of its past six matches. Three different players have held down the top singles spot at different points in the season, with Arvid Noren finding the most success at 4-2. On the doubles side, Javier Amantegui and Virot Lima are 5-5 in the top spot, while Amantegui and Noren have combined to go 7-3 this season. This is the 22nd NCAA appearance for the Rams, and the 28th ever meeting between VCU and Virginia.
ABOUT VIRGINIA | 13-12, 5-7 ACC | Roster | Schedule | Stats
The winners of the past three NCAA Men's Tennis Championships return only sophomore Carl Soderlund from a lineup that bested the field last year. The No. 24 ranked Soderlund is 11-5 this season in the top singles spot, and has gone 8-3 in doubles play alongside Kyrylo Tsygura. No. 51 Aswin Lizen has the most wins on the team for Virginia (13-12) at 30-6, who fell to No. 1 Wake Forest in the second round of the ACC Championship, 4-1. Also impressing this season in singles play is Matthew Lord at 23-12, while the doubles rankings feature two ranked pairs for UVA in No. 45 Lizen and Gianni Ross, as well as No. 67 Soderlund and Lord.
ABOUT MONMOUTH | 15-13, 7-0 MAAC | Roster | Schedule | Stats
The Hawks wrapped up a perfect 7-0 MAAC season with victories over Fairfield and Marist to secure the bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. Nicola Pipoli played in the top singles spot all season for Monmouth, boasting a 15-7 record in the spring, while also holding down the top doubles spot with Will Cooke Wharton. Columbia and Monmouth met on March 4 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, as the Lions held on for a 7-0 triumph, dropping only one set in the entire match.
ABOUT COLUMBIA | 17-4, 6-1 Ivy League | Roster | Schedule | Stats
Winners of the past five Ivy League crowns, Columbia has become the team to beat in the Ancient Eight and in the Northeast Region. The Lions wrapped up the spring at 17-4, with impressive victories over No. 12 Baylor and No. 9 Oklahoma State after qualifying for the ITA Indoor Team National Championship.
No. 27 Victor Pham walked away with Ivy League Player of the Year honors in 2018, giving the Lions three of the past five top players in the conference. Pham also qualified for the NCAA Singles Tournament, which follows the team tourney at Wake Forest. Also earning all-conference honors were first team doubles players and NCAA Doubles Tournament qualifiers Jack Lin and William Matheson, who are currently ranked No. 43, second team All-Ivy singles players Lin and Jackie Tang, and second team doubles honorees Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski.