Alabama will play Marist College in the first round of NCAA Championships. Not surprisingly, the two schools have never met in men's tennis. As for the other two schools in the region, however, Alabama is 2-1 All-time against Harvard and 0-2 versus Virginia Commonwealth.
Region Sees Red - Teams Participating
Crimson Tide, Harvard Crimson, Marist Red Foxes (the animal, not Fred from Sanford & Son), and the VCU Rams will gather in the regional held in Cambridge, Mass. Alabama plays Marist in the first round.
How the Tennis Tourney Works
There are 16 seeded teams in the 64-team field, one seeded team at each host site. The winner of the regional will advance to Athens, Ga. for the "sweet 16", the championship site. The entire tournament is a single elimination event...
Tide is Top Seed in Cambridge, Mass.
Alabama is the 15th overall seed. VCU is not seeded, but is ranked 17th in the Omni Hotels collegiate tennis rankings, Harvard is ranked 40th and Marist is unranked. Bama is ranked 16th...
First Year Coach - Third Straight NCAA Appearance
First year head coach Billy Pate continues a string of three consecutive years with an NCAA tournament berth with Wednesday's selection. Alabama made the dance for the last two seasons under Adam Steinberg, who now leads the Pepperdine
men's program. This is the Tide's 10th appearance in the tournament...
How Good is the SEC?
Pretty darn good! This week there are 9 league schools ranked in the top 25, and 11 SEC schools received an NCAA tournament bid. In the individual rankings, SEC players occupy 5 of the top 10 singles spots. (Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 9)...
Pate to Coach All-Star Team this Summer
Billy Pate has been named to coach for the USTA Collegiate Team this summer. Pate will be coaching the top U.S. collegiate players.
Looking for a Win this Time
Alabama was bounced in the first round the past two years to lower seeded opponents, losing a 4-3 match to Middle Tennessee (in Oxford, Miss.) last season and 4-1 to Minnesota
, Fla.) in 2001. Alabama's last NCAA tourney win was in 1999 under Steinberg when the Tide beat Hampton 4-1 in the first round before losing to Virginia Tech
, 4-3 in the second round in Blacksburg, Va.
Individual Honors to Date
Five current Crimson Tide players were recognized at the SEC banquet preceding the SEC tourney. Senior Maxim Belski was named second-team All-SEC while four Tide players were named to the Academic All-SEC squad: Junior Chirstian Brodersen, Seniors William Boyles, Brian Isern and Tom Givan...
Team Awards Banquet
Four awards were given at the banquet Thursday, April 24: Chris Gostek (junior, Toronto) - MVP (voted by team); Bradley Friedman (senior, Mountain Brook) - 110% Award (voted by team); Michael Ray Pallares (senior, Leonia, N.J.) - most improved (coach selected); and Christian Brodersen (junior, Heinsberg, Germany) - Academic Award (highest GPA)...
Championship Site Dates
The "Sweet 16" begins meet in Athens, Ga. on May 17, with the National Championship to be played on May 20. The Championship match will be televised by ESPN on May 27 at 1 p.m. Tuscaloosa time. Only four teams have won the national championship in the past 20 year: Stanford
, Southern Cal and Georgia