13th-ranked Johns Hopkins to Host NCAA Tennis Regional
May 7, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - The 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins men's tennis team will host an NCAA Regional for the second time in the last three seasons May 11-13. The Blue Jays will host 12th-ranked Middlebury, Elizabethtown, Penn State Harrisburg and Grove City in the five-team regional.
Hopkins (17-4) is making its seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and earned this year's bid via the Centennial Conference automatic qualifier. The Blue Jays won their sixth consecutive and seventh overall Centennial Conference title this season. Hopkins will face Elizabethtown (13-6) in the second round on Saturday, May 12 in the first-ever meeting between two schools on the tennis court. The Etown Blue Jays earned an automatic bid to the tournament as they won the program's second straight Commonwealth Conference title and third under head coach Matt Helsel.
Penn State Harrisburg (12-6) and Grove City (11-4) will square off in the first round on Friday, May 11. Penn State Harrisburg won the North Atlantic Conference and the league's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Lions are making their first trip to the NCAAs and will face the Wolverwines, winners of the President's Athletic Conference. Grove City is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after advancing to the second round in 2011.
Middlebury (13-6) will face the winner of Penn State Harrisburg and Grove City in the other second round match on Saturday. The Panthers earned an at-large bid to the tournament after falling in the NESCAC semifinals to top-ranked Amherst. Middlebury is making its 11th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has won the title twice (2004, 2010).
Matches will take place at the Johns Hopkins tennis courts on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore. Match times will be announced on Tuesday, May 8.
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