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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee has released its final NCAA Division II tennis rankings of the 2012-13 academic year. Nine HBCU squads in three different regions will be advancing to the preliminary rounds of the 2013 Men's and Women’s Tennis Championships.  

Atlantic Region - Women
#3 West Virginia State, #7 Shaw and #8 Virginia State will begin regional play at two different sites.NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis

WVSU and Shaw will play at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  The Yellow Jackets (17-8) face sixth seeded Slippery Rock (12-8) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with host IUP (17-7) taking on CIAA champion Lady Bears (24-2) at 1 p.m. The winners meet Sunday with a spot in the Final 16 in Arizona May 8-11 on the line.

Eighth seeded Virginia State (19-3) will meet top seeded host California University of Pennsylvania (14-9) in first round action at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Cal U and VSU will meet for the first time in recent program history and the Vulcans have faced only one CIAA member in the last five years.

In the other first-round match at Roadman Park, fifth-seeded West Liberty (16-8) of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) will face Mercyhurst (14-4) of the PSAC at 12 p.m. The second-round match, featuring the two winning teams, is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m.
 
Atlantic Region - Men
After winning their second consecutive WVIAC Tournament Sunday, the No. 1 regionally ranked Bluefield State men’s tennis team was awarded a number one seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament Preliminary Round Sunday and Monday.
 
The Big Blues host Kutztown University and Shaw University, who are the No. 4 and No. 5 seed respectively. The Golden Bears and Bears play Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bluefield City Courts. Shaw earned an at-large bid after ranking third in the region going into CIAA Tournament play, where they lost to Winston-Salem State in the semifinals.
 
Monday, Bluefield State plays the Kutztown/Shaw winner at 11 a.m.

In the other half of the region, the Winston-Salem State Rams (13-8), making their second trip to the NCAA postseason in three seasons, takes on the #2 seed Charleston (WV) Golden Eagles (19-5).  This year's Ram squad will take part in the tournament after winning their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) men’s tennis championship in school history.

The Rams and the Golden Eagles met earlier this season with the Golden Eagles taking a 5-0 win over the Rams in Charleston, West Virginia. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of the Shepherd/West Virginia Wesleyan match.

South Region - Men and Women
Stillman College will travel to Miami Shores, FL to begin their playoff quest.

The Lady Tigers, SIAC regular season and tournament winners, will be the eighth seed in the women's regional.  They will open play Saturday, April 27 against #1 seed and host school Barry University.  That match is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start.
 
The men, who also captured both the conference season and tournament titles, will be seeded eighth and will face the ninth-seeded Chargers of UAH.  Due to the bracket, the "opening round" match will take place Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m.
 
The Tigers finished the season with a 26-2 overall record while the Lady Tigers finished with a 31-1 record.  Both teams went 11-0 in conference play en route to sweeping the conference titles.  Both teams also enter the weekend with impressive win streaks:  the men have won 25 matches in a row while the women have won 28 consecutive matches.

East Region - Men
The University of the District of Columbia men's tennis team will return to the NCAA Division II East Regional tournament for a second consecutive season as the No. 4 seed. The Firebirds will travel to Flushing, NY to take on No. 5 seed and host Queens College on April 29th with the time of the match still to be determined.
 
Should District of Columbia advance to the 2nd round, the Firebirds will play No. 1 seed, Concordia the following day.
 
The Firebirds are 11-4 overall this season with wins over two top-five regionally ranked teams (Queens and NYIT) and a victory over a Division I foe (Howard). Only two of District of Columbia's losses this season came against Division II opponents. The Firebirds defeated Queens during the regular season, 6-3 on April 6th.

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