Tournament Field Set for NEAC/NAC Men's and Women's Tennis West Division Championships

Tournament Field Set for NEAC/NAC Men's and Women's Tennis West Division Championships

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The fields have been set for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)/North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s and Women’s Tennis West Division Championship Tournaments which will take place at the Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit, Pa. this weekend. The men’s tournament will be held Thursday, Apr. 27 – Friday, Apr. 28 and the women’s tournament will be played on Friday, Apr. 28 – Sunday, Apr. 30.

Inclement weather during the final weekend of regular season play caused schedule changes which have impacted the seeding process for the team and individual tournaments. On the men’s side, Penn State Berks and Penn State Abington are the two teams that will advance to the team championship match on Thursday morning. The regular season match between both teams was rained out over the weekend and cannot be rescheduled to determine the tournament’s top seed as both teams finished the regular season with a 3-0 record against NEAC/NAC West Division opponents. Therefore, the NEAC has named Penn State Berks and Penn State Abington the Men’s Tennis Co-Regular Season Divisional Champions.

The top four individuals and top four doubles teams from each flight will be selected Monday, but will not be seeded until after the conclusion of Thursday’s men’s tennis championship match. The men’s tournament will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the team championship matchup.

Three teams will advance to the NEAC/NAC Women’s Tennis West Division Championship as Penn State Berks, Penn State Abington and Lancaster Bible College make up the tournament field. Weekend rain caused a postponement of the regular season match between Penn State Berks and Penn State Abington. That match will now be played on Wednesday, Apr. 26 to complete seeding for the team tournament. The winner of Wednesday’s match will be the No. 1 seed and receive a bye to the championship match. The losing team will receive the No. 2 seed and will play in Friday evening’s semifinal match against No. 3 seed Lancaster Bible (4-2).

The top four individuals and top four doubles teams from each flight will be selected Monday and will be seeded after the conclusion of the Penn State Berks/Penn State Abington match on Wednesday. The women’s tournament will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night with the team semifinal round.

The individual championship round of the men’s and women’s tournaments will produce six singles position champions and three doubles position 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.  

The winner of the NEAC/NAC Men’s and Women’s West Division championships will face the NEAC/NAC East Division champions on May 7 at the Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham, N.Y. The winner of each respective match will be crowned the conference champion and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. 

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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, M Volleyball), 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 and women’s tennis.

*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 and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. 

A complete breakdown of the NEAC/NAC tennis partnership is as follows: 

Men's Tennis: NEAC members Bryn Athyn, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division. The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas.

Women's Tennis: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Husson, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division. The West Division will consist of NEAC members Bryn Athyn, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Wells.

For more information, please visit www.neacsports.com.