ATHENS, Ga. — Southern California’s reward for beating the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I tennis tournament is a matchup against the team Trojans coach Peter Smith says is the real favorite.
USC, the defending champion and No. 5 seed, beat top-seeded Virginia 4-2 in the semifinals on Monday and will face No. 2 seed Tennessee for the championship on Tuesday. Tennessee beat host Georgia 4-1.
Smith says he picked the Vols as “the team to beat” before the tournament.
Virginia had a 36-match winning streak snapped with only its second loss.