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Menís Tennis National Championship Qualifiers Announced

May 06, 2013
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 24 qualifying teams for the 2013 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship, held May 14-18 in Mobile, Ala. The bracket and pairings for the 62nd annual event will be announced Tuesday by 5 p.m. CDT.

Five teams come into the national championship with 20 plus wins on the season. Aquinas (Mich.) leads the group with 23 wins this season, while Bethany (Kan.) and Vanguard (Calif.) follow with 22 wins each. Vanguard is the only team in the field that is undefeated with a 22-0 record.

This year’s 24 teams include 13 automatic qualifiers – awarded to conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament champions – ten at-large bids and one host berth. The 10 at-large selections were determined by the final NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Monday. Mobile (Ala.) of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC), received the host berth.

Two teams will be making their first trip to the national championship including: Doane (Neb.) and Northwestern Ohio.

Making its 14th appearance, the most of any school in the field, is Embry-Riddle (Fla.). Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Vanguard are making their 13th appearance. Three teams in the field have won a national championship with Auburn Montgomery (9), Mobile (Ala.) (2) and Belhaven (Miss.) (1).

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the championship match on May 18. Streaming of the championship match will be free. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

2013 Men’s Tennis National Championship Qualifiers
School Clinched Berth Record^ Appearances* Last Time Championship Record Titles
Aquinas (Mich.) Unaffilliated Group 2 (A.I.I./MCC/WHAC) Tournament Champion 23-4 11th 2012 2-10 0
Asbury (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 16-3 2nd 2012 0-1 0
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 18-3 13th 2012 37-6 9
Belhaven (Miss.) At-Large No. 4 15-4 2nd 2012 1-1 1
Bethany (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 22-1 10th 2012 1-9 0
Bethel (Tenn.) Unaffiliated Group 1 (AMWC/HAAC/TranSouth) Tournament Champion 20-1 4th 2009 3-3 0
Concordia (Calif.) At-Large No. 3 11-12 6th 2012 5-5 0
Cumberland (Tenn.) At-Large No. 2 17-4 3rd 2012 1-2 0
Doane (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 13-7 First - - -
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Tournament Champion 20-2 14th 2012 23-13 0
Graceland (Iowa) At-Large No. 9 14-6 12th 2012 8-11 0
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) At-Large No. 7 7-8 13th 2011 7-12 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 16-3 10th 2012 8-10 0
Mobile (Ala.) Host Berth 9-4 6th 2012 0-5 2
Northwestern Ohio At-Large No. 8 13-7 First - - -
Northwood (Fla.) At-Large No. 6 12-5 8th 2006 4-7 0
Oklahoma Baptist Unaffiliated Group 4 (Frontier/MCAC/RRAC/SAC) Tournament Champion 15-10 2nd 2007 0-1 0
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 10-10 11th 2012 2-10 0
Spring Arbor (Mich.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion 17-7 2nd 2012 0-1 0
Vanguard (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Tournament Champion 22-0 13th 2012 15-12 0
Warner (Fla.) At-Large No. 10 12-9 2nd 2012 0-1 0
Westmont (Calif.) At-Large No. 1 11-10 5th 2012 4-4 0
William Carey (Miss.) At-Large No. 5 8-5 3rd 2012 2-2 0
Xavier (La.) Unaffiliated Group 3 (AAC/A.I.I./GCAC) Tournament Champion 14-7 5th 2012 3-4 0

*Includes this year's qualification and all appearances since the team format began in 2000