INDIANAPOLIS – The Southern New Hampshire University men's tennis team has earned the No. 4 seed and will battle fifth-seeded Merrimack College for the third time in 17 days in the NCAA East Regional No. 1, hosted by Concordia (N.Y.) College at the Meyers Tennis Center in Bronxville, N.Y., on Monday, April 30 (10 a.m.), the NCAA Selection Committee announced Tuesday night.
The Penmen, who earn their seventh NCAA Tournament berth – all in the last eight years, will be making their third straight trip after three-peating as Northeast-10 Champions on Saturday to earn the automatic qualifier. SNHU is 15-6, overall, having gone 9-0 in conference play, and has won 11-in-a-row. Merrimack (14-9) will be making its 11th straight NCAA appearance, which is the second longest active streak in the region.
The winner of this match moves on to face top-seeded and host Concordia (15-4), which received a bye directly into the next round, on May 1 (10 a.m.). The winner of that match advances to the "Sweet 16" in Surprise, Ariz., May 9-12.
Southern New Hampshire will be looking for its first ever win in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams met once previously in the East Regional, with Merrimack recording a 5-3 win back in 2014. The Penmen are 8-14, lifetime, against Merrimack, but have won six of the last eight meetings, including five straight.
SNHU is 3-1 in the Northeast-10 Championship versus the Warriors, after winning its third straight conference crown April 21 with a 5-2 triumph over Merrimack. The Penmen also earned a 7-2 win April 14 in the regular-season finale, giving them their third straight unblemished league slate.
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