April 23, 2013

History Made! Men’s Tennis Becomes First ODU Program to Qualify for NCAA Tournament

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A strong close to the regular season and performance in the GLIAC Tournament catapulted Ohio Dominican's men's tennis team into the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first program in school history to qualify for NCAA postseason play.

The Panthers moved to sixth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Rankings to claim the final bid in the region and will head to the Midland Tennis Center in Midland, Mich., to take on No. 3 seed Drury at 9 a.m. Sunday. The winner of that match will play pod host Northwood on Monday.

Ohio Dominican completed its transition from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division II in the summer of 2011 and has been a member of the GLIAC since 2010.

Ohio Dominican took third in the GLIAC Tournament over the weekend and enters postseason play with a 13-9 record overall. The Panthers have won eight of their last nine matches, with the lone setback coming to eventual GLIAC Tournament champion Northwood by a count of 5-3 in the semifinals.

ODU defeated Grand Valley in the opening round of the conference tournament, then bested Wayne State in the third-place matchup to earn its best finish in the conference. The Panthers had fallen to both teams during the regular season.

Drury enters the NCAA Tournament with a 17-3 record. They fell in the GLVC Tournament title match to Southern Indiana and were ranked No. 20 in the latest ITA national rankings.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu