posted on May 10, 2011 17:53
KANSAS CITY, Mo—The NAIA released the bracket for the 2011 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship Tuesday, and the University of Mobile will face Southern States Athletic Conference foe William Carey on the opening day.
The 31st annual event will take place May 17-21 at the Mobile Tennis Center. Opening round matches will start at 1 pm for the women.
There will be eight matches on the opening day, and those winners will advance to second-round action Wednesday to face the top eight seeds, who received a bye from the opening round. Those top eight seeds are: Fresno Pacific, Embry-Riddle, Auburn-Montgomery, Azusa Pacific, Oklahoma Christian, Point Loma Nazarene, Concordia and Brenau.
Aside from the Mobile v. William Carey battle, the other opening-round matchups are: Lindsey Wilson v. Martin Methodist, Vanguard v. Bethel, Lee v. Indiana Southeast, McKendree v. Olivet Nazarene, Southern Nazarene v. Walsh, Nebraska Wesleyan v. SCAD and Indiana Wesleyan v. William Jewell.
William Carey is 14-6 on the season and ranked 12th in the NAIA Top-25, while the Lady Rams are 7-8 and receiving votes in the latest poll. In the teams’ lone meeting during the regular season this year, William Carey won 8-1. They swept doubles play, and Mobile’s lone victory came in the form of a 7-5, 6-2 victory from Claudia Borges at No. 1 singles. Rachel Hartley battled to a 4-6, 6-2 (4-7) loss at No. 2, but the 3-6 singles slots only took three games versus the Lady Crusaders.