Courtesy: USC Athletics
Earning automatic berths this year — along with MPSF champion USC — are Michigan (CWPA), Fresno State (Golden Coast), Cal Lutheran (SCIAC), Hawai’i (Big West), Salem (WWPA) and Marist (MAAC). This year’s at-large teams are Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA — all out of the MPSF.
USC (19-1) will open the 2021 NCAA Tournament at 12 p.m. on May 14, playing the winner of Wednesday’s Opening Round game between Marist (8-0) and Salem (18-11). In the other Opening Round game on May 12, Fresno State (12-5) will face Cal Lutheran (5-0) for the right to play No. 2 seed Stanford (12-5) on May 14. The other May 14 quarterfinal matchups are set: No. 4 seed Arizona State (13-11) takes on Michigan (21-4), while No. 3 seed UCLA (13-4) faces Hawai’i (11-1). Winners advance to May 15 semifinal rounds at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with the 2021 national championship bout set for 3 p.m. on May 16.