No. 13 Washington University Women’s Tennis to Host NCAA Central Regional
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St. Louis, Mo., May 6, 2013 — The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team was one of eight teams selected to host the regional round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship. The Bears will host seven teams for the Central Regional to be played Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, at Tao Tennis Center.
It is just the second time in school history that Washington U. will serve as a regional host. The Bears previously hosted in 2002, the only time in school history they advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinal.
“The Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team is thrilled at having the opportunity to not only compete in the NCAA Regional round, but also to serve as a host,” eighth-year head coach Kelly Stahlhuth said. “It is an honor to host the first three rounds of the NCAA Championship for the first time in my tenure at Washington University. This is the culmination of our spring season that we have been working toward as a team.”
Washington U., who finished the regular season with a 14-7 record, earned an at-large bid to the 2013 tournament after finishing fourth at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The Bears are making their 14th overall appearance, and sixth in a row, in the NCAA Championship. Washington U. has an all-time record of 7-13 in the tournament.
The Bears (14-7) received an opening-round bye as the top seed in the regional. Wheaton College (Ill.) (16-4), the winner of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW), takes on St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) champion Principia College (12-4) Thursday, with the winner facing Washington U. in the second round Friday.
The other two first-round matches feature Coe College (19-4) against Franklin College (13-2), and No. 13 DePauw University (17-7) against Hope College (15-6). All four of those teams earned automatic bids as the winners of their respective conferences: Coe - Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC); Franklin – Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC); DePauw – North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC); and Hope – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Match times will be posted on bearsports.wustl.edu when they become available.
Four UAA teams were selected for the NCAA Championship. Emory University received the automatic bid as the conference champion, while Carnegie Mellon University and University of Chicago received at-large bids. All four UAA teams are hosting their respective regions.
Kalamazoo College will host the NCAA Division III Team Championship Monday-Wednesday, May 20-22, at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. The NCAA Individual Championships are scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25. Student-athletes selected to compete in the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 8.