June 20, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the first time in school history, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team has been selected to participate in the NCAA National Team Indoor Championships. The event, which includes the top 64 teams in the country, is essentially a early version of the spring NCAA Team Championships.
In last week's on-line draft, UCSB elected to travel to Austin, Texas, for the first two rounds of the tournament and will face host Texas on Jan. 31. Also competing at the Austin regional are South Florida and TCU. The regional winner will advance to the National Team Indoor Sweet 16 hosted by Illinois in mid-February.
"This is a great opportunity for our players," said Gaucho head coach Marty Davis. "We will have to find a way to pay for this, but the experience will be very valuable for us."
UCSB is coming off its third straight Big West championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.