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The Kenyon men's tennis team will open the 2018 NCAA Div. III Championships at home after posting a 19-4 record during the regular season
The Kenyon men's tennis team will open the 2018 NCAA Div. III Championships at home after posting a 19-4 record during the regular season

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The 13th-ranked Kenyon men’s tennis team has been selected as one of the host sites for the opening weekend of action in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. The Lords secured their spot 43-team tournament after winning their 12th-straight NCAC title in Indianapolis in late April. The appearance in the NCAA Tournament is the Lords’ 17th-straight and 22nd overall. 

Kenyon (19-4) will welcome four other institutions to Gambier, Ohio, for the first weekend of play in the NCAA Tournament, including Hope College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, No. 17 University of Mary Washington and No. 10 Washington University in St. Louis.

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first-, second- and third-rounds played at Kenyon’s Jasper Tennis Center, Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12. Claremont- Mudd-Scripps will host the team championship finals, which will be held May 21-26 at The Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 9th.

Hope (10-10) and Franciscan (15-9) will kick things in the Kenyon Pod with an opening-round match on Thursday, with the winner meeting Washington (MO) in the second round on Friday. In the other second-round match on Friday, Kenyon plays host to Mary Washington. Both of Friday’s winners will meet on Saturday with a trip to the national quarterfinal round on the line. 

Kenyon’s second-round game against Mary Washington will be a re-match of a February 10th meeting that saw the Eagles post a narrow 5-4 win over the Lords. 

The championship provides for a 43-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 36 conference champions, which form “Pool A.” One team is selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining six teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference’s AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.

Emory is the defending national champion, having defeated Claremont-M-S, 5-2, to claim the team title.