Last year, the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament played the Round of 16 two days before the NCAA Quarterfinals. This year, the NCAA introduced hosted Super Regionals for the Round of 16.
So, that format change could affect the outcome of this year’s competition. I don’t know if the top eight seeds all advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals last year, but they did this year.
The Bruins have their work cut out for them today, however, when they meet the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are 32-1.
The Tar Heels only loss this season came against Georgia, which is the top seed in the tournament. One of those 32 wins North Carolina had this year came to the detriment of UCLA. Back on February 10, the Bruins fell 4-1 to the Tar Heels on a neutral court in Seattle, Washington.
In that match, UCLA started off losing the doubles point. The Bruins’ only point of the match came on court five where Alaina Miller defeated Alle Sanford. UCLA lost in straight sets on courts two, three and six while courts one and four were unfinished.
So, the Bruins are going to need to turn things up a notch if they hope to beat the defending national champions this morning.
Go Bruins!!! Bring home 118!!!