No. 14 Kansas Tennis to take on Defending National Champ Stanford in NCAA Sweet 16
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas tennis, ranked No. 14 in the nation, heads west to take on No. 3-ranked Stanford in an NCAA Tournament Super Regional Friday at 4 p.m. Central time. The winner advances to the NCAA Elite Eight next week in Orlando, Florida.
Kansas, 21-4, punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 last weekend by beating both Denver and Florida in the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
The Cardinal, 24-1, finished first in the Pac-12 Conference with a 10-0 record. The Cardinal reached the Super Regional by defeating New Mexico State and Syracuse.
Stanford, which has won 19 NCAA Championships, including two of the last three, beat Kansas back in 1997 in the lone match played between the two schools.
“We are excited to still be playing tennis this time of year,” said head coach Todd Champman. “There are only 15 other teams in the country in the same position, so we are excited about the opportunity in front of us.”
The Jayhawks have been ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) top-20 for 15-straight weeks, and have reached as high as No. 7 in the nation. This spring, KU has won 17 matches against teams that are either currently ranked or have appeared in the national poll at some point this season: Texas, Oklahoma State, Florida, Illinois, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Denver, TCU (twice), Baylor, Arkansas, Kansas State, Air Force, Tulsa, Rice and Wichita State. KU has not lost to any team outside the current top 15: Texas (No. 9), Washington (No. 10) and Oklahoma State twice (No. 15). Three of those four losses were by the score of 4-3.
Live stats and streaming will be available throughout the match, and updates will be provided on Kansas tennis’ social media accounts.