NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s tennis program officially extended its run of NCAA Tournament appearances to 11 straight seasons on Tuesday evening as the Warriors learned they earned an at-large bid as the fifth seed in the 2018 NCAA East Regional. The bid was unveiled by Division II Men’s Tennis Selection Committee during Tuesday night’s NCAA Selection Show.
The Warriors’ 11-year run to the NCAA Tournament is only bested by Queens College (NY) for the longest active streak in the region. Merrimack finished the regular season with a 14-9 record, including a 12-4 in-region mark. The Warriors finished second in the Northeast-10 Conference and reached the program’s second straight NE10 Final.
Merrimack will play fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire in an opening round match on Monday, facing the Penmen for the third time in a span of 16 days. The match will be hosted at top-seeded Concordia College, with the victor advancing to face the Clippers in the second round on Tuesday. The opening-round tilt is set for 10 a.m. at the Meyers Tennis Center in Bronxville, N.Y.
Queens, who claimed the East College Conference championship over the weekend, earned the region’s second seed and will host the region’s other three qualifiers. The Knights will take on the winner of third-seeded NYIT and sixth-seeded Le Moyne in the second round.
The two programs who emerge victorious from the preliminary rounds will advance to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship in Surprise, Ariz., which begins on Wednesday, May 9.
2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis East Regional
1) Concordia (NY) – 15-4
2) Queens (NY) – 18-5
3) NYIT – 11-2
4) Southern New Hampshire – 15-6
5) Merrimack – 13-9
6) Le Moyne – 13-5