No. 24 Men's Tennis Selected for NCAA Division II Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the field for its Division II Men's Tennis Championships Tuesday night, and the Queens College Knights, ranked No. 24 nationally in the Campbell's/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll has been tabbed as the No. 2 seed in the seven-team East Region. QC will travel to Manchester, N.H., and play at seventh-seeded Southern New Hampshire University (11-9), Monday at 11 a.m. All matches in this bracket will be played at The Derryfield School.
Head coach Craig Schwartz's Knights enter tournament play with an 18-3 record, and won their third consecutive East Coast Conference Championship title. Queens, which has advanced to the Round of 16 in this tournament in each of the past three seasons, has not faced the Penmen yet this season. Should the Knights advance to the second round, it would pit the squad against a fellow ECC school in either third-seeded District of Columbia (16-4) or sixth-seeded New York Institute of Technology (11-11). Tuesday's second-round match will begin at 10 a.m.
Queens took home a plethora of ECC awards this season, including five different Player of the Week honors and six all-conference selections. Seniors Attila Toth (Budapest, Hungary) and Tyrone Ewels (Pietermaritzburg, S. Africa) were named ECC Co-Players of the Year, and were joined on the all-conference first team by sophomore Andre Pellegrino (Sao Paolo, Brazil). Seniors Diego Medrano (Cucuta, Colombia) and Claudio Andrade (Sete Lagoas, Brazil), along with junior Nikolaj Wulff (Munich, Germany) were tabbed on the ECC second team. All six student-athletes are regionally ranked in the latest ITA poll, as are the doubles tandems of Toth/Wulff, Ewels/Andrade and Medrano/senior Jesse Smith (New York, N.Y.). In singles action, Toth and Ewels are ranked Nos. 15 and 44 in the country, respectively, while Toth and Wulff are the 12th-ranked doubles tandem.
The winner of all second-round matches advances to the Round of 16, which will commence in Louisville, Ky., May 16. Quarterfinals and semifinals rounds start each of the next two days, respectively, before a national title winner is crowned on May 19.