GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College has the pool assignment for the 2011 NCCAA Men's Tennis National Championship and begins play May 10 against a foe from last year's event.
The Tornado, No. 6 in the NCCAA National Chair's Poll, will play No. 3 Campbellsville (Ky.) University at 10 a.m. eastern Tuesday. At the 2010 championship King was overtaken by Campbellsville 5-4 in the final pool play contest before the semifinals. King has a 14-7 on the season while Campbellsville has a 14-5 mark along with a share of the Mid-South Conference regular season crown.
At 3 p.m. eastern Tuesday King has a pool play contest against No. 5 and defending NCCAA National Champion Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University. Palm Beach Atlantic owns an 11-9 record going into the post season. At the 2010 championship Palm Beach Atlantic went 3-0 in pool play before knocking off North Greenville (S.C.) University in the title match.
King closes pool play with a meeting against Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College Wednesday at 10 a.m. Roberts Wesleyan finished the regular season 9-4 and was No. 7 in the NCCAA National Chair Poll.
The other pool features top-ranked Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University, No. 2 seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) University, No. 4 North Greenville and No. 8 Central Christian (Kan.) College.
The top two teams from each pool advances to the semifinals Wednesday at 3 p.m. then the two winners play Thursday at 10 a.m. for the NCCAA National Championship.
The Tornado is one of six teams making a return trip to Mobile, Ala., for the national championship this season. King, Campbellsville, North Greenville, Olivet Nazarene, Palm Beach Atlantic and Spring Arbor were all a part of the eight-team field in 2010. New to the nationals this season will be Central Christian and Roberts Wesleyan. Central Christian makes their first trip since 2001 and for Roberts Wesleyan it is their inaugural appearance.
King lost 5-4 to Spring Arbor to start the 2010 championship before another narrow 5-4 loss to Olivet Nazarene. King then saw the season close against Campbellsville with the 5-4 result.
Palm Beach upended Olivet Nazarene 5-2 and North Greenville held off Campbellsville 5-4 in the semifinals before Palm Beach's national victory.
Since 2000, North Greenville, Olivet Nazarene and Palm Beach Atlantic have won national crowns. Palm Beach owns last year's title while Olivet Nazarene won it in 2009. From 2002 to 2007 North Greenville was the NCCAA National Champion.
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NCCAA Men's Tennis National Championship - Mobile, Ala. - May 10-12, 2011
Olivet Nazarene University - ONU; North Greenville University - NGU; Spring Arbor University - SAU; Central Christian College - CCC
Palm Beach Atlantic University - PBA; Campbellsville University- CU; King College - KC; Roberts Wesleyan College - RWC
Tuesday, May 10
ONU vs. CCC; NGU vs. SAU; PBA vs. RWC; CU vs. KC
ONU vs. SAU; NGU vs. CCC; PBA vs. KC; CU vs. RWC
Wednesday, May 11
ONU vs. NGU; SAU vs. CCC; PBA vs. CU; KC vs. RWC
3 p.m. Semifinals
Pool A winner vs. Pool B runnerup & Pool B winner vs. Pool A runnerup
Thursday, May 12
10:00 a.m. Men's Championship Match