Whitman Tennis Teams Head to California, Georgia for Start of NCAA DIII National Championship Tournaments

News Release Date:
Monday, May 7, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College tennis teams are headed to the southern California and Atlanta, Ga., areas later this week for opening round matches in their respective NCAA Division III national championship tournaments.

The Whitman men's team, No. 11 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, gets a first-round bye as part of a five-team regional in Atlanta and then matches racquets on Saturday with NC Wesleyan, which brings a 16-2 record and No. 19 national ranking to the party.

Emory University is hosting the men's regional on its main campus in Atlanta at the Woodruff PE Center, but the Whitman and NC Wesleyan match -- which starts at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. EDT) Saturday -- will take place at Emory's Clairmont campus in nearby Decatur, Ga.

Meanwhile, the Whitman women's team, now 17-4 on the season and No. 29 in the national rankings, heads to Claremont, Calif., for a six-team regional and a first-round match against No. 27 UC-Santa Cruz, which is 4-13 on the season after playing a challenging schedule.

The Whitman and UC-Santa Cruz women play at 3 p.m. Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center, located on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

 Men's Regional Website

The Missionary women, seeded fifth in their regional, need to win three straight matches to advance through their regional. If they get past Santa Cruz on Friday, they face top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20-3) in the regional semifinals.

The other half of the women's regional bracket starts with third-seeded Pomona-Pitzer (14-7) playing sixth-seeded UT-Tyler (18-4) in the opening round. The winner of that match advances to play second-seeded Trinity (18-7) in the other semifinal.

 Women's Regional Website

The men's regional in Atlanta features just one-opening round match, which pits Washington & Lee (15-4) against UT-Tyler (17-5). The winner of that match plays a semifinal against top-seeded Emory (20-0), which holds a No. 2 national ranking.

Both second-seeded Whitman and third-seeded NC Wesleyan get first-round byes and then face off in the other semifinal.

For more information about the Whitman men's team and its regional, please CLICK HERE.

For more information about the Whitman women's team and its regional, please CLICK HERE.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu