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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2014
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Rock women's tennis team earns eighth ticket to NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has announced that Slippery Rock University has received the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional women's tennis tournament.
 
The Rock, owners of a 13-12 overall win-loss record and an 11-9 mark against Division II opponents, meet third-seeded West Virginia State University (13-2 D-II, 13-5 overall) in an opening-round match tomorrow at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 
Indiana (15-6 D-II, 17-9 overall) earned the region's No. 2 seed and the right to host the Atlantic Region 2 competition.

The regional berth was the eighth consecutive earned by The Rock, who are seeking their first regional title since 2010, when they advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first and only time in school history.
 
SRU, under the guidance of veteran head coach Matt Meredith, also won regional championships in 2003 and 2008.

The 44th-ranked IUP Crimson Hawks, runners-up in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament, meet Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion and seventh-seeded Chowan University of North Carolina (21-5 D-II, 23-7 overall) in first-round action Saturday.
 
The winner of the Rock-West Virginia State match meets the Indiana-Chowan winner in a regional final match Sunday. The winner of Sunday's match advances to the national Round of 32 competition, which will be May 15-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
 
California University of Pennsylvania (12-1 D-II, 13-2 overall) received the Atlantic Region's top seed and a first-round bye. The 12th-ranked Vulcans will host the Atlantic Region 1 tournament and meet either fourth-seeded Mercyhurst University (10-4 D-II, 12-5 overall) or fifth-seeded West Liberty University (13-8 D-II, 14-9 overall).
 
Mercyhurst and West Liberty tangle in a first-round match Saturday.
 
The winner of the Atlantic Region 1 competition hosted by California also advances to the national Round of 32.

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.