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2013 Womenís 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 Women's Tennis National Championship, held May 14-18 in Mobile, Ala. The bracket and pairings for the 33rd annual event will be announced Tuesday by 5 p.m. CDT.

Defending national champion, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) looks for its third-straight title. The Warhawks clinched an automatic berth by winning the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament. Auburn Montgomery enters the National Championship with a record of 13-8.

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.

Five teams will be making their first trip to the national championship including: Coastal Georgia, Davenport (Mich.), Evangel (Mo.), Oklahoma Baptist and SCAD Atlanta (Ga.).

Auburn Montgomery and Indiana Wesleyan are making their 14th appearance, the most out of any team in the field. Auburn Montgomery has the most national championships in the field with 12. Four other schools in this year’s field - Brenau (Ga.) (2), Mobile (Ala.) (1), Northwood (Fla.) (1) and Westmont (Calif.) (1) - have won a national title.

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 Women’s Tennis National Championship Qualifiers

School Qualification Record^ Appearances* Last Time National Championship Record Titles
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 13-8 14th 2012 49-3 12
Bethel (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 14-3 5th 2012 0-4 0
Brenau (Ga.) At-Large No. 1 12-4 13th 2012 23-11 2
Coastal Georgia At-Large No. 9 8-8 First - - -
Concordia (Calif.) At-Large No. 7 9-11 5th 2012 6-4 0
Cumberland (Tenn.) At-Large No. 10 14-6 3rd 2008 3-2 0
Davenport (Mich.) Unaffilated Group (2 A.I.I./MCC/WHAC) Tournament Champion 20-9 First - - -
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) At-Large No. 3 10-10 13th 2012 15-12 0
Evangel (Mo.) Unaffiliated Group 1 (AMWC/HAAC/TranSouth) Tournament Champion 11-3 First - - -
IU Southeast Kentucky Intercolleigate Athletic Tournament Champion 13-6 5th 2012 0-4 0
Indiana Wesleyan Crossroads League Tournament Champion 22-1 14th 2012 9-13 0
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Unafilliated Group 4 Cascade/Frontier/MCAC/RRAC/SAC) Tournament Champion 10-8 13th 2012 10-12 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 17-2 9th 2012 13-8 0
Mobile (Ala.) Host Berth 10-4 8th 2011 1-7 1
Nebraska Wesleyan Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 13-7 6th 2012 0-5 0
Northwood (Fla.) At-Large No. 6 8-7 8th 2010 10-6 1
Oklahoma Baptist At-Large No. 4 13-10 First - - -
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 16-6 9th 2011 1-8 0
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) At-Large No. 8 7-3 First - - -
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) The Sun Tournament Champion 12-2 11th 2012 7-8 0
Vanguard (Calif.) At-Large No. 5 11-16 11th 2012 14-10 0
Westmont (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Tournament Champion 17-2 6th 2006 1-5 1
William Carey (Miss.) At-Large No. 2 11-8 3rd 2012 2-2 0
Xavier (La.) Unaffiliated Group 3 (AAC/A.I.I./GCAC) Tournament Champion 17-7 7th 2012 5-6 0

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