The Merrimack College men’s tennis program learned on Tuesday evening that it earned its 12th consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship, extending the second-longest active streak in the East Region. The bid was unveiled by the NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Selection Committee during Tuesday night’s NCAA Selection Show.
The 2019 Northeast-10 Conference finalists received the region’s No. 6 seed and will open the tournament against third-seeded Queens College (N.Y.) at Southern New Hampshire’s Penmen Stadium Tennis Courts this Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Warriors’ 12-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances is only bested by Queens’ 18-year streak for the longest active in the East Region. Merrimack bested Queens, 5-2, in the regular season to post its first-ever victory over the Knights.
Merrimack’s 17 victories to date are the second most in a single season in program history; the Warriors posted 4-0 victories in the first two rounds of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship to reach the championship match for the third straight year and ninth time in school history. The 2019 squad was led by six all-conference selections in juniors Denis Davydov and Alex Fedorov along with freshmen Jonathan Garcia, Conrad Koch, Alec Mackay Rodriguez and Marshall Wood.
Concordia College (N.Y.) was named the region’s top overall seed while SNHU received the No. 2 seed. The Penmen host the Warriors and Knights for the opening round on Saturday, with the victor advancing to face SNHU in the second round on Sunday. Rounding out the field were fourth-seeded Chestnut Hill and fifth-seeded Bentley University.
The two East Regional programs that emerge from the first and second rounds of competition will advance to the Sweet 16, which will be played in Altamonte Springs, Fla. beginning on May 21.
2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis East Regional
1. Concordia (NY) (17-3)
2. Southern N.H. (16-3)
3. Queens (NY) (12-7)
4. Chestnut Hill (17-6)
5. Bentley (15-8)
6. Merrimack (17-9)