Syracuse finished the season 12-9 overall and 5-9 in league play, slotting them into the 9-seed in the ACC. That will pit them against 8-seed Georgia Tech, who the Orange lost to 4-3 earlier in the season (though that game was also on the road).
Since starting the season 4-0 and at one point holding a top-10 ranking, Syracuse has struggled. They lost three straight matches to close the season, though two of those were to ranked teams Duke and Miami. Despite the loss, the Orange are currently 31st — but sit behind seven ACC teams (including No. 5 Georgia Tech).
If SU can get past Tech, they’ll move on to face top-seeded North Carolina, who’s ranked third nationally. Syracuse lost to the Heels 5-2 at home just a couple weeks ago.
According to SLAM.tennis, Syracuse is slated to face Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but they’ll be in Stanford’s bracket and will play out in California for the first couple rounds (if they win). Oklahoma State is the other ranked team in that corner of the bracket. The Orange lost in the first round of last year’s NCAAs, falling to Wichita State, 4-1.
For Syracuse, the action starts on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET. It doesn’t appear that the matches will be on ACC Network Extra. If true, seems like a disappointing development given the hype around additional exposure for non-revenue sports.
In any case: Go Orange.