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Univ. of Texas at Austin Men Team News
Texas to meet Santa Clara in opening round of NCAA Championship
Tuesday, 05/01/2012

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 18 Texas (16-9) has earned an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Championship and will meet Santa Clara (21-5) in the first round in Stanford, Calif. 

The Longhorns and the Broncos will square off on Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m. local time (11 a.m. CT) at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center.  Santa Clara, who earned an at-large bid out of the West Coast Conference, is making its first NCAA Championship appearance.

Host Stanford (17-8), the tournament’s 11th seed, will take on Sacramento State (11-12) in the other first-round match.  The two first-round winners will meet on Sunday, May 13 at noon local time (2 p.m. CT) for the right to advance to the round of 16 at The University of Georgia.

Texas will make its 30th appearance at the NCAA Championship.  UT scored its best finish at the NCAA Championship in 2008, when the Horns finished as the national runner-up after falling to Georgia in the NCAA title match.

Texas holds a 41-29 overall record in its 29 previous NCAA Championship appearances.  Under 12th-year head coach Michael Center, Texas has reached the NCAA semifinals or better in three of the last six seasons (2006, 2008, 2009).

Texas defeated UMKC in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Championship in Norman, Okla., before falling to Tulsa in the round of 32.


Texas head coach Michael Center

On the bracket revelation: Well, you play all year and try to prepare for this tournament. You try to peak at this time of year. This year is the first year, I think, since 2005 that we haven't been a top seed. So, there was a little more anticipation because we probably weren't going to host (NCAA first and second rounds).

On preparing for the tournament: The next step for us is training and getting ourselves ready. We had a few days off after the conference tournament. We have to make sure we're physically ready to put everything we have into these next two matches.   

Texas junior Chris Camillone

On the bracket revelation: It's the start of the end of the season. The national tournament is what we play for, and it's a chance to kind of redeem ourselves. We're not as happy as we'd like to be with how the season went, but this is another opportunity to prove ourselves on a national stage one last time.

On the anticipation of the NCAA tournament: It's a nerve-racking experience, waiting around. In our situation, we knew we would have to travel, so it's a bunch of different things. For us, it's about the week of practice before we get to our opponent. The next step is tomorrow.

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