INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The month of May is marked off every year in Head Coach Paul Kostin's calendar as it's been nearly a guarantee to have the VCU men's tennis team playing in the NCAA Tournament. Next week, the Rams will be making their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance in Kostin's 22 years at the helm of the Black & Gold.
On Tuesday, VCU found out exactly where that appearance will begin. The Rams will make the short trek up to Charlottesville as the second seed in the pod, taking on Columbia in the first round on Saturday, May 12. The winner of that match will play either overall thirds-seed UVA or Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round.
The Black & Gold bring plenty of momentum into the postseason, having won 10 straight including a dominating sweep of all three of their matches at the CAA Tournament last week. VCU has not lost a singles match in four straight matches dating back to April 11.
Overall, the Rams are 22-4 on the year behind the CAA Player of the Year Alexis Heugas. The sophomore has played at the top spot in VCU's lineup all spring, boasting at 15-6 ledger and a top-90 spot in the latest ITA rankings.
This will be the 19th appearance in the past 20 years for the Black & Gold. With a victory in the first round, VCU will post the most wins since 2006 and the first NCAA Tournament win since that same season.
However, winning in the NCAA Tournament is nothing new to the Rams with seven Sweet 16 appearances. They also remain the only VCU squad to ever play for a national championship when they reached the NCAA Championship match in 2000.