Four Mountain West Tennis Teams To Represent Conference In 2015 NCAA Men's And Women's Tennis Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The men’s teams from Boise State, New Mexico and San Diego State, and the women’s team from New Mexico will represent the Mountain West in the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team Championships.
The Broncos and No. 61 Lobo women earned the Conference’s automatic bids by winning their respective team titles at the 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championships last week at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the men’s side, No. 38 New Mexico and No. 39 San Diego State each claimed at-large bids. This is the first time in the 16-year history of the MW that three men’s teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament.
Four-time MW tournament champion Boise State makes its fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and 16th overall, while the men’s team from New Mexico will compete in the NCAA’s for the first time since 2009 and 12th time overall. San Diego State earns its ninth trip to the NCAA tournament and first since 2005. For the women, New Mexico will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. It’s the eighth NCAA appearance in program history for the Lobos.
First- and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, for both the men and women. The winner at each regional site will advance to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Team Championships at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, May 15-19.
For the men, New Mexico (20-10) faces Oklahoma State (16-9) in College Station, Texas, with the winner taking on either Eastern Kentucky (18-7) or host and sixth-seeded Texas A&M (21-4) in the second round. San Diego State (18-8) faces cross-town rival San Diego (23-4) in Los Angeles, California. The winner advances to tangle with the Idaho (16-11) and No. 7 USC (22-4) victor in second round action. Boise State (15-15) and USF (19-6) square off in opening round action in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the winner will play East Tennessee State (17-7) or No. 15 and host Virginia Tech (19-4).
On the women’s side, New Mexico (16-9) will take on LSU (19-10) in Lubbock, Texas, while host and No. 16 seed Texas Tech (19-6) faces New Mexico State (13-10). The winners of the two first-round contests will meet the following day.
Dates and times for Boise State, San Diego State and New Mexico’s matches will be announced in the coming days.