Williams women to host NCAA tennis regionals; golf team gets NCAA bid
The Williams College women's tennis team has been selected to host one of the regional tournaments for the NCAA Division III Women's Championship.
Also Monday, the women's golf team was named to the field in the NCAA Championships in Florida.
The regionals will be single-elimination and include first, second and third rounds from May 19-21.
A total of 50 teams were selected for the tournament by the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Committee. Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College will host the team championship finals, to be held May 19-21 in Claremont, California.
Alison Swain's Williams College women's tennis team is currently 19-2, and most recently finished second in the NESCAC Tournament to rival Amherst.
Since the 1993-94 academic year, when NESCAC first permitted NCAA team play in the NCAA tennis postseason tournament, the Williams women have qualified every year. The Ephs will be making their 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Swain, in her seventh year as the Ephs' head coach, has directed Williams to an NCAA Division III record six consecutive NCAA titles. Overall, Williams leads NCAA Division III in most titles won, with eight. Swain has been a part of seven of those titles -- one as a player and six as the coach.
Williams is 63-13 (.829) in the NCAA Tournament. The Ephs' 63 all-time wins are also an NCAA Division III record. The Ephs have eight first-place finishes, two second-place finishes, two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish in 20 years.
"Hosting the NCAA Regional Rounds is a real privilege for us," Swain said in a press release. "Every team that has made the NCAA tournament has played strong tennis all year. We want to provide all the teams in our regional the best possible experience from a facilities, support, and competitive standpoint. On the flip side, we love to compete on our home courts with a home crowd."
The women's golf team, meanwhile, will play in the NCAA Division III Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. from May 13-16.
The Ephs have now selected all five years that Erika DeSanty has been their coach. Overall, this marks the seventh time the Ephs have qualified for the tournament in the 10-year history of the Ephs' varsity program.
The tournament will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently and contested over 72 holes. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team's five players for each day will count in the team's total score.
The NCAA Division III Women's Golf Committee announced 21 teams and six individuals that will participate in the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships. Williams College has been extended an at-large berth.
The Ephs, who have finished fifth in their last two trips to the tournament, are seeded fourth in the 21-team field and will be led by senior Georgi Salant, who finished fifth overall among individuals in 2013. Salant earned first-team All-America honors last spring, a first for the program.