April 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship bracket has been set with action set to begin from the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans this Thursday.
The women's tournament gets under way on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The women's championship match will take place on Sunday. All matches will take place on the main courts at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.
"We have played really well throughout the year and everything that we've trained for and worked on was done for this tournament," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "It is great to be seed No. 2, but we're not going to take any match for granted. We're going to play each match as if it's the championship match."
Georgia State earned the top seed in the women's tournament after posting a 9-8 record this spring while playing six nationally-ranked teams this year. The Panthers earned a final national ranking of No. 65 in the final regular-season ITA Women's Team Rankings. Leading the way for Georgia State is senior Abigail Tere-Apisah who went 26-6 at the No. 1 singles position this year and earned a national ranking of No. 20. Tere-Apisah paired with junior Masa Grgan to form the Panthers' top doubles team and earn a 21-4 record. The two earned a national ranking of No. 20 in the ITA Women's Doubles Rankings. The Panthers await the opening match of No. 8 seed UL Lafayette against No. 9 seed WKU on Thursday morning.
The No. 2 seed in the women's tournament went to first-year member UT Arlington. The Mavericks went 11-7 this season and closed the regular-season on a three-match winning streak. UT Arlington faces No. 7 seed Arkansas State in the quarterfinal round.
In other quarterfinal action in the women's tournament, No. 4 seed Troy takes on No. 5 seed Texas State on Friday morning. The Trojans are 14-7 this season while the Bobcats went 9-10 this year. Leading Troy is three-time, Sun Belt Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honoree Trang Huynh (17-4) at the No. 1 singles position.
The other quarterfinal match pits No. 3 seed South Alabama against No. 6 seed UL Monroe. The Jaguars are 14-2 this season and have won seven of their last eight matches. The Warhawks are led by Medy Blankvoort at the No. 1 position who boasts a 11-3 singles record on the season.
Thursday night the Sun Belt Conference will announce its postseason award winners and all-conference honorees at its postseason banquet. A full day of matches is scheduled for Friday with women's quarterfinal round matches slated for 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with men's quarterfinal round matches beginning at 3 p.m. Women's semifinal matches start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and men's semifinal matches follow at 3 p.m. The championship matches will take place on Sunday with the women's match scheduled for a 10 a.m. first serve and the men's scheduled to follow at 2 p.m.
For more information on the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championships, visit the championship central page on SunBeltSports.org. Live scoring will be available for all matches of the tournaments. Admission is free for all matches at the City Park Tennis Center.
Schedule of Events - City Park Tennis Center (New Orleans, La.)
Thursday, April 17
Women's Match 1
Women's Championship First Round: No. 8 UL Lafayette vs. No. 9 WKU (10:00 a.m.)
Friday, April 18
Women's Match 2
Women's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 1 Georgia State vs. No. 8 UL Lafayette/No. 9 WKU (8:00 a.m.)
Women's Match 3
Women's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 4 Troy vs. No. 5 Texas State (8:00 a.m.)
Women's Match 4
Women's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 3 South Alabama vs. No. 6 UL Monroe (11:30 a.m.)
Women's Match 5
Women's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 2 UT Arlington vs. No. 7 Arkansas State (11:30 a.m.)
Men's Match 1
Men's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 4 UT Arlington vs. No. 5 Troy (3:00 p.m.)
Men's Match 2
Men's Championship Quarterfinals: No. 3 Georgia State vs. No. 6 WKU (3:00 p.m.)
Saturday, April 19
Women's Match 6
Women's Championship Semifinals: Winner WM 2 vs. Winner WM 3 (10:00 a.m.)
Women's Match 7
Women's Championship Semifinals: Winner WM 4 vs. Winner WM 5 (10:00 a.m.)
Men's Match 3
Men's Championship Semifinals: No. 1 UL Lafayette vs. Winner MM 1 (3:00 p.m.)
Men's Match 4
Men's Championship Semifinals: No. 2 South Alabama vs. Winner MM 2 (3:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 20
Women's Match 8
Women's Championship: Winner WM 6 vs. Winner WM 7 (10:00 a.m.)
Men's Match 5
Men's Championship: Winner MM 3 vs. Winner MM 4 (2:00 p.m.)
1. Top 75 based on ITA rankings that are released the Monday prior to the Tournament. Teams
with a top 75 ITA ranking will be protected and their seeding will not be adjusted based on
head to head conference matches.
2. Lowest cumulative ITA ranking of an institution's top three wins. Rankings that are released
the Monday prior to the Tournament.
3. Once the remaining institutions are seeded based on the lowest cumulative ITA score of top
three wins, beginning with the highest seeded team outside of the top 75 ITA and moving downward, institutions which are stacked will be moved up or down an unlimited number of
times so long as stacked with an opponent to which there was head to head competition
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