NCAA Tournament starts at home

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STANFORD, Calif. – One of only four programs to appear in all 40 NCAA tournaments, Stanford earned the No. 15 national seed and will host the first two rounds of the event, beginning Friday against Southeastern State. east of Missouri at 1 p.m.

The most decorated program in college history and the most winning program at The Farm, Stanford has won 20 of a possible 39 NCAA championships. Stanford has held an all-time record of 160-20 in the playoffs since the NCAA Tournament moved to its current format in 1982. The Cardinal has won 21 total national titles in school history, also winning the AIAW crown of 1978.

The Cardinal (17-5, 7-2) hosts the first two rounds for the 22nd time since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1999. Last season was the first that Stanford did not host the first two rounds . Stanford will face Ohio Valley Conference champions Southeast Missouri State (15-6, 5-2). The winner of this game will face the winner of No. 27 UC Santa Barbara (20-6, 9-0) and No. 25 Kansas (15-10, 4-5).

The first and second round competition features four teams playing in a knockout format. The winner from each site moves on to the super-regional competition on May 13 or 14. Each super-regional venue will feature two teams playing a single-elimination format. The super-regional winners will advance to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Illinois, where all eight teams will compete for the national championship May 20-22. The event will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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