Tournament Fields Set for NEAC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships

Tournament Fields Set for NEAC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The team seeding has been announced for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship Tournaments which will take place at the Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit, Pa. this week. Four teams advance to each tournament with the women’s tournament running Wednesday, April 25 – Friday, April 27 and the men’s tournament to be played Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29.

On the women’s side, Penn State Berks will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. Penn State Abington went 4-1 during the regular season to claim the No. 2 seed, with its only loss coming to Penn State Berks. The No. 3 seed goes to Lancaster Bible with a 3-2 mark while Bryn Athyn College rounds out the tournament field as the No. 4 seed after going 2-3 against league opponents.

Women’s Semifinals

Wednesday, April 25 – 6 p.m.

No. 1 Penn State Berks vs. No. 4 Bryn Athyn College

No. 2 Penn State Abington vs. No. 3 Lancaster Bible

The women’s tennis team finals will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the NEAC champion receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Tournament. The top four individuals and top four doubles teams from each flight will also be selected and seeded with the individual tournament beginning Thursday at 2 p.m.

Four men’s teams will advance to the NEAC/North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s Tennis West Division Championship with Penn State Berks taking the No. 1 seed after going undefeated in conference matches. Penn College went 4-1 in NEAC/NAC West Division action and will be the No. 2 seed while Penn State Abington is the No. 3 seed with a 3-2 record. Lancaster Bible finishes the regular season as the No. 4 seed after posting a 2-3 record in the league.

Men’s Semifinals

Friday, April 27 – 6 p.m.

No. 1 Penn State Berks vs. No. 4 Lancaster Bible

No. 2 Penn College vs. No. 3 Penn State Abington

The winners of Friday’s semifinals matches will meet in the team finals on Saturday at 10 a.m. The top four individuals and top four doubles teams from each flight will also be selected and seeded with the men’s tennis individual tournament beginning Saturday at 2 p.m.

With the NEAC and the NAC maintaining its partnership in men’s tennis, the winner of the NEAC/NAC West Division Championship will face the NEAC/NEAC East Division Champion on May 6 at the Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham, N.Y. The winner will be crowned the conference champion and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Tournament.

The individual championship round of the NEAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournaments will produce six singles champions and three doubles champions to make up the All-Conference First Team. The runners-up from those flights will make up the All-Conference Second Team, while the All-Conference Third Team will consist of the winners of each flight from the consolation bracket. 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.

*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s tennis.  The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis and members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division. Each division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will meet to determine the conference champion. The conference winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships.