Jeffs to Host First Three Rounds of NCAA Championships

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AMHERST, MA – Amherst College has been selected as a regional host for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. The Lord Jeffs received a first-round bye and will play their first match Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. against an opponent to be determined.

On Saturday Amherst will take on the winner of Roger Williams and Wilkes University, which have been paired up in Friday’s 10 a.m. first-round match. Johns Hopkins University, which also received a first-round bye, will face the winner of Friday’s other opening-round match between The College of New Jersey and Saint Joseph’s College of Long Island.

Forty-one teams will participate in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. Saturday’s second-round winners will play Sunday, May 10 at noon with a trip to the national quarterfinals on the line. The quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will be played at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges, May 19-24.

Amherst last appeared in the NCAA Championships in 2007, when they earned a first-round bye before defeating MIT in the second round. For the third consecutive year the Jeffs were unable to advance any further thanks to Middlebury College, which defeated Amherst in the third round in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The Lord Jeffs headed into the 2009 regular season finale with a 23-4 record, but Middlebury put a stop to their 10-match winning streak with a 5-4 marathon victory. The Jeffs and Panthers would meet again in the NESCAC finals, where Middlebury would claim the conference title with a 5-3 win.

Amherst will await the winner of Roger Williams—The Commonwealth Coast Conference champion—and Wilkes, the Freedom Conference Tournament champion. The Colonels of Wilkes have lost only one match on the year, an 8-1 setback to Manhattanville that they avenged in the conference finals by a 5-3 margin. The RWU Hawks, meanwhile, are in the midst of a 14-match wining streak and have not lost since Mar. 19 during their Spring Break trip.

The Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins received a bye with a 15-3 record as champions of the Centennial Conference and are in the midst of a 14-match win streak of their own. Amherst and Johns Hopkins squared off Oct. 11 in Baltimore during the regular season, when the Jeffs took two doubles matches and four singles matches to earn the 6-3 victory.

On Saturday Johns Hopkins will take on either the Lions of TCNJ or the Golden Eagles of Saint Joseph’s. As winners of the Skyline Conference Tournament, Saint Joseph’s dropped its first three matches of the year before rattling off 13 straight wins. TCNJ brings a 10-2 record to the national tournament as winners of its past four matches.

View a complete NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship bracket to see which teams qualified for the national tournament.

2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships
Hosted by Amherst College
First Round – Friday, May 8
Roger Williams (17-6) vs. Wilkes (16-1) – 10 a.m.
TCNJ (10-2) vs. Saint Joseph’s (13-3) – 10 a.m.

Second Round – Saturday, May 9
Amherst (24-6) vs. Winner of RWU/Wilkes – 10 a.m.
Johns Hopkins (15-3) vs. Winner of TCNJ/SJC – 10 a.m.

Third Round – Sunday, May 10
Saturday’s Winners – 12 p.m.

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