Women's Tennis Earns At-Large Berth to 2011 NCAA Tournament
St. Louis, Mo., May 9, 2011 – The No. 13 Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team earned an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship and will make its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday by the NCAA Women’s Tennis Committee.
The Bears will compete in a six-team regional, hosted Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, by Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tenn. Principia College (10-5) will face Agnes Scott College (13-2) in one regional quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, while host No. 18 Sewanee University (19-6) will play Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (14-4) in the other regional quarterfinal.
Washington University (16-5) and 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) champion No. 3 Emory University (19-4) each received a bye into the regional semifinal on Friday, with Emory awaiting the winner of Principia and Agnes Scott while Washington University will face the winner of the match between Sewanee and Rose-Hulman.
Washington U., which finished third at the 2011 UAA Championship, has won eight of its last 10 matches heading into the NCAA Tournament, including five victories over teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top-30 poll.
The Bears are making their 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA field and fifth under head coach Kelly Stahlhuth. Washington University advanced to the regional championship in 2010 and has participated in the regional semifinals in each of the past three seasons. The Bears are 7-11 (.389) all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Washington University and Emory represent two of the four UAA squads selected for postseason play. Carnegie Mellon University and University of Chicago also earned at-large bids into the tournament field and will host regional competition this weekend.
Principia College defeated Westminster College 5-0 to capture the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Agnes Scott is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history after defeating Huntingdon College 5-3 on May 1 to win the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) title
Sewanee finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament, falling 7-2 to DePauw University on April 24, and is also an at-large entrant into this year’s tournament field.
Rose-Hulman secured its first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament with a 5-2 win over Transylvania College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championship on Oct. 15.
Match times will be posted on bearsports.wustl.edu when they become available.