Monday, May 5, 2014INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Westminster College women's tennis team was one of 50 teams that the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Committee selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. The Titans earned an automatic bid after winning their second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship in October.
Westminster, earning its first trip to Nationals in school history, will play the Knights of Carleton College from Minnesota in the first round starting on Thursday, May 8 (12:00 PM) at the University of Chicago.
The Titans, under the guidance of veteran head coach Scott Renninger, are led by senior Caitie Hosler (Lititz, PA / Manheim Central) who won the PAC Most Valuable Player award by winning the no. 1 singles championship and by finishing second at no. 1 doubles with freshman Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg). Hosler won all three championship matches in the no. 1 singles flight in dominating fashion, winning each match in straight sets and losing only eight games out of a total of 44 played to lead Westminster to the PAC Championship.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, Friday through Sunday, May 9-11 or Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10. Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges will host the team championship finals, which will be held May 19-21 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 7.
The championships provide for a 50-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 39 conference champions, which form Pool A. Two teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining nine 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.
Go here for the Regional website that includes a link to the live stats.
***Updated 5/6/14 2:52 PM
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.