Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trinity Men's Tennis Defeats DePauw to Win SCAC Title

It’s been a while, but the Trinity Tigers men’s tennis team is once again the champion of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The top-seeded Tigers beat the No. 2 DePauw Tigers 5-3 Sunday in the championship match at Burns Park Tennis Center.

Trinity (16-9), ranked 14th in the NCAA Division III, last won the title in 2006, with a 4-1 victory over DePauw. Since that time, DePauw, ranked 16th nationally, had beaten the Tigers three straight years in the final, including a 6-3 win in 2009. The Trinity Tigers played in their 19th consecutive SCAC Championship match, and won their 15th conference crown.

Sunday’s Trinity victory - the 12th in a row - also means the Tigers have qualified for the NCAA regional tournament, to be held May 14-16, at a site to be determined. A total of 42 squads will compete in regionals throughout the nation, leading to the NCAA Team Championship Tournament May 25-27 at Oberlin, Ohio. The singles and doubles tournaments are slated for May 28-30. Trinity is ranked No. 7 in the West Region, and is 12-4 against Division III opponents. Bids for the team tournament will be announced May 10, and individuals May 12.

After the match SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry caught up with the winning head coach.

To listen to Trinity head coach Russell McMindes, click here.

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