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Knights to open NCAA Championships on Thursday

May 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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NORTHFIELD, Minn. — For the third time in as many seasons, the Carleton College women’s tennis team is headed to the Windy City to start play at the NCAA Championships. The Knights earned the MIAC’s automatic bid to the tournament and will face Westminster College from Pennsylvania in an opening-round match slated for Thursday, May 8, at regional host University of Chicago.

Carleton (18-2) earned the MIAC’s automatic bid to the tournament and is ranked No. 24 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll. The Knights are making their sixth trip overall to the team portion of the NCAA Championships, having previously qualified in 1995, 1996, 2005, 2012, and 2013.

The Titans of Westminster College (18-1) are the automatic qualifier out of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and will be taking their first-ever trip Nationals.

The winner of the Carleton-Westminster match will face the victor of the opening round contest between national No. 12 Chicago (10-10) and unranked Principia College (11-10).

The other side of the bracket sees national No. 8 Carnegie Mellon (17-4) awaiting the winner of a match between regionally-ranked squads from Hope College (16-5) and Wheaton College (15-5) of Illinois.

The regional finals are schedule for Saturday, May 10 with the winner advancing to the national quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship from May 19-21. Those matches will take part at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California.