May 6, 2014

Men's tennis, women's golf earn NCAA berths

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis and women's golf teams have each earned automatic invitations to their respective NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments by virtue of winning Presidents' Athletic Conference titles.

The men's tennis team will make its fourth consecutive appearance in the national tournament while the women's golf team became the first PAC squad to advance to the national championships. The NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships will be held May 13-16 at the El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The men's tennis team will face Kalamazoo (12-8) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Grove City (8-4) and Kalamazoo are part of a six-team draw. The winner of that match will meet Case Western Reserve (15-7) in the regional semifinal Saturday afternoon.

Messiah and Otterbein will meet in the other quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Friday. CMU will play either Messiah or Otterbein Saturday morning. Saturday's winners will then meet at noon Sunday in the regional final. Forty-four teams qualified for this year's national tournament.

Grove City advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2011 and 2012. Last season, the Wolverines fell in the opening round to Wilkes, 5-2, in Gambier, Ohio. All-time, Grove City is 2-3 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference championship April 26 in Erie, Pa. The Wolverine recorded a perfect team score of 54 points by winning all nine championship flights. Grove City has now won 24 straight conference crowns.

Kalamazoo is making its 39th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Kalamazoo won its 75th straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) title May 2 with a 5-0 victory over Hope College. Kalamazoo is the only team to play in each of the first 38 NCAA Championship Tournaments.

Grove City's women's golf team earned the conference's first automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament by posting a victorious team score of 1469 at the conference championships April 25-26 in Belle Vernon, Pa. Grove City earned a 31-stroke margin of victory over runner-up Saint Vincent.

Twenty-one teams will compete in the four-day event. Grove City is one of three Pennsylvania programs to earn invitations to the national championships, joining Eastern and Gettysburg.

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