The 64-team fields for both the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments were announced on NCAA.com today, and both TCU teams were selected. The goal for both teams will be to make it to the championships in Athens, Georgia, but their paths will be different.
On the men’s side, the Frogs, winners of 14-straight and Big 12 regular season and tournament champions, were chosen as the #6 overall seed in the tournament and will host Jackson State in the first round on Friday, May 12 at 2pm. The Tigers lost the SWAC Championship but received the automatic bid due to APR. They are 8-20 overall and were defeated 4-0 by the Frogs in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Joining TCU and Jackson State in Fort Worth will be Florida State and Arkansas. The Seminoles were most recently ranked #32 in the men’s tennis team rankings and are 17-11 overall, including a 4-2 win overall rival and current #14 Florida. The Razorbacks come to Fort Worth currently ranked #39 and they are 16-12 overall, but they lack any major wins.
Should TCU make it to Athens, they would likely face Oklahoma State, who is the #11 overall seed. In their only meeting this season, the Frogs defeated the Cowboys 4-0 in Stillwater. The Pokes will face UMKC in Stillwater in the first round and would have to face either Illinois or Drake in the second round.
The women’s team will have to travel to Stanford and will be facing Rice in the first round of the tournament. The Frogs are currently ranked #25 in the women’s tennis team rankings and are 13-9 overall. They were 5-4 in Big 12 play and were the only team in the conference to defeat Texas Tech, who earned the #6 overall seed. Rice enters the match ranked #35 in the most recent poll, boasting an 18-5 overall record and Conference USA regular season and tournament titles.
Should TCU advance, they would face the winner of the match between #7 overall seed Stanford and Idaho. Stanford enters ranked #6 in the most recent poll and they are 21-2 overall. They were undefeated in Pac-12 regular season play and steamrolled their way through the conference tournament. Idaho is 16-7 overall and was 10-1 in Big Sky play. They made it to the tournament by knocking off Northern Arizona 4-3 in the Big Sky Tournament championship.
If the Frogs make it out of this regional and to Athens, they would have to face the winner of the Ann Arbor regional, where #10 overall seed Michigan is the host.
Best of luck to both teams on their road to Athens.