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April 25, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU women’s tennis earns 7th NCAA Atlantic Regionals bid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –The Slippery Rock University women's tennis team has received its seventh consecutive NCAA Atlantic Regional tournament bid.

The Rock netters (12-8) received the No. 6 seed in the tournament and meet third-seeded and No. 47-ranked West Virginia State University (17-8) in a first-round match 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

SRU is in regional competition for the 12th time in school history.

"We are proud of the tradition of excellence we have established," Matt Meredith, head coach said, "so we are happy to continue to build upon the foundation laid by players in past seasons."

"Even though tennis is an individual sport, we play as a team each season," Meredith said. "Our comradery over from one season to the next, so qualifying for the NCAA tournament shows we are continuing to do what we set out to do at the start of each season."

"Our goals every year are to win the PSAC championship and qualify for the national Round of 16," Meredith said.

The Rock seeks its fourth trip to the national Round of 16, an honor given on teams that win respective regional competitions.

SRU will compete in the four-team regional hosted by IUP, the No. 2 seed in the region. A second four-team Atlantic Regional will be hosted by top-seeded California University of Pennsylvania.

The winner of both Atlantic Regional competitions earns a berth in the national Round of 16, which starts May 8 in Surprise, Ariz.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.