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April 17, 2014

NSU tennis still at No. 3 in regional rankings

The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team stayed at No. 3 in the second installment of the NCAA Central Region Rankings, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Wednesday afternoon.

The top four programs from the Central Region will advance to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship opening rounds, which will begin the weekend of May 2. The top two teams from the region will host No. 3 and No. 4 with the two winners advancing to the NCAA Round of 16, which will be held May 14-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The next set of regional rankings will be released April 23, and the final NCAA Selection Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 29.

No. 27 Southwest Baptist (17-2) jumped No. 30 Augustana (16-0) for the top spot in the region. The Vikings boast an undefeated record, but the Bearcats have a much tougher strength of schedule.

Augie owns just three wins over regionally-ranked teams. The highest-ranked opponent the Vikings have played this season is Nebraska-Kearney, who is No. 6 in the Central Region.

SBU leads the Central Region with the most victories against other regionally-ranked opponents. The Bearcats have defeated nine teams who landed in the region rankings, and that includes five programs who received top-4 spots. Two of those teams, Midwestern State and Drury, are ranked No. 1 in their respective regions.

The RiverHawks sport a countable record of 14-3 (five of NSU’s matches were against NCAA Division I, NAIA and JUCO teams and do not count towards postseason selection), which includes victories over five teams who earned regional rankings. Two of those teams are Drury and Southwest Baptist.

NSU earned a final Central Region ranking of No. 2 last season and advanced to the Round of 16 after defeated Central Oklahoma in opening round of regional play.

The RiverHawks are next scheduled to participate in the 2014 MIAA Championship April 25-27. The tournament will feature four other programs in the top 8 of the Central Region.

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