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2012 NAIA Menís Tennis National Championships Qualifiers Announced

May 07, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 24 qualifying teams for the 2012 NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship, held May 15-19 in Mobile, Ala. The bracket and pairings for the 61st annual event will be announced Tuesday by 5 p.m. CDT.

The 24-team field includes 12 squads who earned an automatic berth by winning their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments, 10 at-large selections and one host berth. The additional qualifier, Fresno Pacific (Calif.), received an automatic bid by winning the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular-season championship. 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, received the host berth.

Fifth-ranked Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) leads all qualifiers with nine national championships won all-time. Mobile and Fresno Pacific follow with two apiece, while Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Belhaven (Miss.) and Oklahoma Christian each own one national title. Auburn Montgomery’s 36-5 mark in National Championship play is the best among this year’s qualifiers.

Nine schools will be appearing at the National Championships for at least the 10th time in school history, led by the 13 trips made by both Azusa Pacific and Embry-Riddle (Fla.). Eighteen of the 24 qualifiers also made the field in 2011.

On the other hand, four squads will make their first-ever appearances at the National Championships: Asbury (Ky.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Warner (Fla.). A total of nine teams will be seeking their first wins on the National Championship stage since the team head-to-head format began in 2000.

The GSAC leads all conferences with six members in the field of 24. The Southern States Athletic Conference is next with four National Championship qualifiers.


National Championship Qualifiers

School Qualification 2011-12 Record *Championship Appearances Last Appearance Championship Record Team Titles
Aquinas (Mich.) American Mideast/WHAC Unaffiliated Group Tournament Champion 25-2 10 2011 1-9 0
Asbury (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 14-6 First -- 0-0 0
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 16-7 12 2011 36-5 9
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) At-Large No. 1 19-2 13 2011 25-11 1
Belhaven (Miss.) At-Large No. 7 15-3 First -- 0-0 1
Bethany (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 21-3 9 2011 0-8 0
Campbellsville (Ky.) At-Large No. 10 14-6 First -- 0-0 0
Concordia (Calif.) At-Large No. 6 8-12 5 2011 4-4 0
Cumberland (Tenn.) At-Large No. 8 17-2 2 2007 0-1 0
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion 18-3 13 2011 21-12 0
Fresno Pacific (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 22-1 7 2011 16-4 2
Graceland (Iowa) American Midwest/HAAC/MCC Unaffiliated Group Tournament Champion 9-6 11 2011 8-10 0
Hastings (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 12-8 3 2011 0-2 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion 18-5 9 2011 7-9 0
Mobile (Ala.) Host Berth 7-5 5 2011 0-4 2
Oklahoma Christian Cascade/Frontier/MCAC/RRAC/SAC Unaffiliated Group Tournament Champion 16-3 10 2011 11-8 0
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 15-4 10 2011 2-9 1
Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) At-Large No. 4 12-10 12 2011 8-11 0
Spring Arbor (Mich.) Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Champion 22-1-1 First -- 0-0 0
Vanguard (Calif.) At-Large No. 2 14-10 12 2011 14-11 0
Warner (Fla.) At-Large No. 9 13-4 First -- 0-0 0
Westmont (Calif.) At-Large No. 3 11-9 4 2011 3-3 0
William Carey (Miss.) At-Large No. 5 16-4 2 2011 1-1 0
Xavier (La.) AAC/Independent/GCAC/TranSouth Unaffilated Group Tournament Champion 17-7 4 2011 2-3 0


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