SRU women’s tennis earns NCAA berth; will host regional meet
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –Slippery Rock University will host one of the two NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional women’s tennis tournaments May 1-2, the NCAA office announced Tuesday.
The Rock women’s will make their 11th appearance in NCAA regional competition. The Green and White are seeking a fourth trip to the national Round of 16, the reward earned by the winner of each regional competition.
SRU will be one of four teams competing in the Atlantic #2 regional tournament. The 39th-ranked Green and White (14-6) will be joined in Slippery Rock by Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up and 38th-ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Winston-Salem State and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference runner-up West Virginia State.
IUP (19-6) is the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Regional and will meet seventh-seeded Winston-Salem State (27-1) in a noon match Sunday.
The Rock (14-6) is the No. 3 seed and will meet sixth-seeded West Virginia State (19-8) in a 4 p.m. match Sunday.
The winners of Saturday’s matches will meet at noon Sunday in the regional final to determine which team advances to the national Round of 16 competition, which will run May 11-14 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
SRU beat West Virginia State by a 6-3 score April 2 in dual-match action in West Virginia and lost both head-to-head matches against Indiana, the second one a 5-3 decision April 18 in PSAC quarterfinal action.
Ordinarily, as the No. 2 seed, IUP would have served as the host of the regional competition, but the Crimson Hawks’ courts did not meet NCAA guidelines.
“We are very excited to be the hosts,” Matt Meredith, Rock head coach, said, “and it’s a real tribute to our school administration that we have a facility that can host this kind of competition for the second straight season.”
SRU has played in a regional final match each of the last four seasons. The Rock lost to Bloomsburg in the final match in both the 2007 and 2009 tournaments.
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