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April 25, 2014

NSU tennis holding at 3rd in region

NSU briefs

The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team remained in the third position in the final releasing of NCAA Central Region Rankings, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Wednesday afternoon.

The top seven 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 team from the region will host Nos. 4 and 5 and earn a bye, while the team that lands at No. 2 will host Nos. 3, 6 and 7. The final two teams left standing will advance to the NCAA Round of 16, which will be held May 14-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The NCAA Selection Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 29 on NCAA.com. The NCAA Central Region is comprised of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Great American Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The nine teams did not move from last week’s ranking. No. 27 Southwest Baptist remained in the top spot, No. 30 Augustana is still second and the RiverHawks are third.

The ITA Regional Rankings were also announced Wednesday, and NSU claimed the top spot in the Central Region for the first time since Amanda Stone took over as head coach. This also marked the first time since the most recent region realignment (prior to the 2012-13 season) that Southwest Baptist was not ranked No. 1. The Bearcats slipped to No. 2, while the Vikings were slotted at No. 3.

Sophomore Kristina Savchenkov supplanted SBU’s Fanni Varga as the top singles player in the region, while seniors Martina Bruzikova (No. 16) and Houda Bellamine (No. 19) also landed in the top 20.

The doubles pair of Bruzikova and freshman Valeriia Efimenko earned a rank of No. 7, while Savchenkov and junior Barbora Jirickova were ranked No. 10.

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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