St. Louis, Mo., May 5, 2014 – For the second year in a row, the Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team was one of eight teams selected to host the regional round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. The No. 9-ranked Bears will host six teams for the St. Louis Regional to be played Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, at Tao Tennis Center.
It marks the third time in school history that Washington U. will serve as a regional host. The Bears previously hosted in 2002 and 2013, advancing to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinal both years. Washington U., who finished the regular season with a 17-5 record, earned one of nine at-large bids to the NCAA tournament after finishing third at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The Bears are making their 15th overall appearance, and seventh in a row, in the NCAA Championship. Washington U. has an all-time record of 9-14 in the NCAA tournament.
The Bears, who are the top-ranked team in the Central Region, and No. 11-ranked DePauw University (18-4) each received first-round byes in the NCAA Regional. DePauw earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the champion of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).
Coe College (19-5), the champion of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), squares off against Grinnell College (16-7), the champion of the Midwest Conference (MWC), in the first round Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The winner of the Coe-Grinnell matchup will face Washington U. in Friday's second round at 9 a.m.
Thursday's other first-round match features Edgewood College (19-8), champion of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), against No. 25-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (20-5), the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) champion, at Noon. DePauw will take on the winner of the Edgewood-UW-Whitewater match in the second round Friday at Noon.
Washington U. has a 3-1 record this season against teams in the St. Louis Regional – 2-1 vs. DePauw and 1-0 vs. UW-Whitewater. Coe and DePauw both competed in the NCAA Regional hosted by Washington U. in 2013. The Bears defeated DePauw 5-4 in the regional championship to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
Four UAA teams, including Washington U., were selected for the NCAA Championship. No. 1-ranked Emory University received the automatic bid as the conference champion, while No. 8 Carnegie Mellon University and No. 12 University of Chicago received at-large bids. Emory and Chicago were also selected as regional hosts.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges will host the NCAA Division III Team Championship Saturday-Monday, May 19-21, at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. The NCAA Individual Championships are scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, May 22-24. Student-athletes selected to compete in the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 7.
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