By Daniel Bohm
If everything falls into place, the Stanford tennis teams won’t have to leave campus in order to win national titles this season. With the Taube Family Tennis Center already set to host the last four rounds of the 2011 NCAA Championships, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams found out yesterday that they will host first and second rounds matches here at Stanford.
The women’s tennis team (23-0, 8-0 Pac-10) received the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and will play Illinois-Chicago (18-4, 8-0 Horizon League) in the first round on Saturday, May 14. The winner of that match will take on the winner of Pepperdine and Long Beach State in the second round.
Staying on the Farm bodes well for the Stanford women, who haven’t lost a home match since 1999. The Cardinal ladies have won 179 consecutive matches at home, including 32 in the NCAA tournament, and are trying for their 17th team title and second in a row. Stanford took last year’s team NCAA Championship in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Florida in Athens, Ga.
The Stanford men will also be at home for the first two rounds after earning the No. 8 national seed. The Cardinal (18-5, 5-1 Pac-10) opens against Army (13-11, 6-0 Patriot League) on Friday, May 13. The winner of the Stanford-Army match will take on the winner of Cal Poly versus Washington the following day.
The Stanford men have won 15 team national titles, but none since 2000. Virginia is the men’s No. 1 overall seed.