Men's Tennis Will Head to Middlebury for NCAA's
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee has selected the 44 teams that will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships.
Farmingdale State (12-1), who won their third straight conference title on Saturday, April 27, will face Drew University (11-6) in the First Round at host site Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont on Friday, May 10. Second round action will be on Saturday, May 11 and Third Round on Sunday, May 12.
The Rams have posted 12 wins this season and are led by sophomore Justin Vijungco (Forest Hills, N.Y.) who repeated as the Skyline Player of the Year after going 8-1 at first singles and 8-4 at first doubles with senior teammate Ryan Musalo (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). Musalo is currently 7-3 at #2 singles. Senior Alex Bessarabov (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) increased his school record in wins to 43 after posting a 12-1 record at third singles. He also holds the school record for doubles wins with 36 (10-2 in 2013).
Drew won their 13th straight conference championship, their sixth in the Landmark, with a 5-4 win over the University of Scranton on Saturday, April 27th. Drew is led by 3-Time Player of the Year, senior Raul Smego (Ponce, Puerto Rico), who has competed at both No. 1 and 2 singles this season finishing 9-5 in dual matches during the regular season. Hunter Lathrop went 10-2 at second singles and Djedjy Hill is the third singles player with a record of 5-4.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, May 10-12. Kalamazoo College will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 20-22 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 8.
The championships provide for a 44-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 30 conference champions, which form "Pool A." Seven teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining seven teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C).
The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.
The champions of the following conferences received automatic qualification:
- Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference - Franciscan University of Steubenville (11-5)
- American Southwest Conference - University of Texas at Dallas (14-4)
- Capital Athletic Conference - University of Mary Washington (14-10)
- Centennial Conference - Johns Hopkins University (19-2)
- City University of New York Athletic Conference - Baruch College (12-4)
- Colonial States Athletic Conference - Marywood University (13-4)
- Commonwealth Coast Conference - Nichols College (17-5)
- Commonwealth Conference - Elizabethtown College (15-3)
- Empire 8 - Stevens Institute of Technology (15-7)
- Freedom Conference - Wilkes University (15-3)
- Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference - Earlham College (19-2)
- Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference - Coe College (31-1)
- Landmark Conference - Drew University (11-6)
- Little East Conference - University of Massachusetts, Boston (14-3)
- Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association - Kalamazoo College (9-12)
- Midwest Conference - Grinnell College (22-11)
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference - Gustavus Adolphus College (22-9)
- New England Small College Athletic Conference - Williams College (18-3)
- North Atlantic Conference - Colby-Sawyer College (14-7)
- North Coast Athletic Conference - Kenyon College (23-3)
- Northern Athletics Conference - Concordia University (Wisconsin) (16-9)
- Northwest Conference - Whitman College (18-6)
- Ohio Athletic Conference - Ohio Northern University (18-4)
- Old Dominion Athletic Conference - Washington and Lee University (17-4)
- President's Athletic Conference - Grove City College (8-5)
- Skyline Conference - Farmingdale State College (12-1)
- Southern California Inter. Athletic Conference- Claremont Mudd-Scripps College (26-3)
- Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference - Trinity University (Texas) (18-9)
- University Athletic Association - Washington University in St. Louis (17-5)
- USA South Athletic Conference - North Carolina Wesleyan College (14-9)
The following schools, listed alphabetically, were selected to the championships from Pool B
and Pool C candidates:
POOL "B" SELECTIONS
- Babson College (8-5)
- Skidmore College (11-8)
- University of California, Santa Cruz (11-5)
- Vassar College (9-12)
- The College of New Jersey (11-1)
- University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (19-11)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (15-2)
POOL "C" SELECTIONS
- Amherst College (25-7)
- Middlebury College (18-4)
- California Lutheran University (17-4)
- University of Redlands (14-8)
- Case Western Reserve University (21-6)
- University of Texas at Tyler (19-6)
- Emory University (9-5)
Emory is the defending national champion, having defeated Kenyon, 5-3, to claim the team
title. For more information about the championship, including a championship bracket, log on to www.ncaa.com.