May 1, 2011

Tornado Tennis to play in 2011 NCCAA National Championship

GREENVILLE, S.C. – King College received a bid to the 2011 NCCAA Men's Tennis National Championship event for a second-straight season.

King ended the regular season at 14-7 thanks to a five-match winning streak towards the end of the campaign. A season ago the Tornado went 0-3 in pool play at the NCCAA Nationals.

The Tornado will be one of six teams making a return trip to Mobile, Ala., for the national championship. King, Campbellsville (Ky.) University, North Greenville (S.C.) University, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University and Spring Arbor (Mich.) University were all a part of the eight-team field in 2010. New to the nationals this season will be Central Christian (Kan.) University and Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College. Central Christian makes their first trip since 2001 and for Roberts Wesleyan it is their inaugural appearance.

At the 2010 event Palm Beach Atlantic defeated North Greenville 5-0 for the national championship. Palm Beach upended Olivet Nazarene 5-2 and North Greenville held off Campbellsville 5-4 in the semifinals.

King and Spring Arbor did not make it through pool play to the semifinals a season ago.

The Tornado 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 with another 5-4 score to Campbellsville.

King and North Greenville played in Bristol on Feb. 17 with North Greenville leaving a 6-3 winner. That was the only team from this year's championship field on King's schedule this season.

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.

Seeding and the pool play schedule will be released later by the national office.