Women's Tennis To Face Empire 8 Champion Ithaca In First Round of the NCAA Tournament

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's tennis team will face Ithaca this Friday, May 13, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament, it was announced Monday. Match time has yet to be determined. The winner will move on to the second-round on Saturday against Amherst (Mass.), host for the six-team regional, which received a first-round bye.

The Knights (14-3) earned an automatic bid to the tournament, Oct. 11, by defeating New Paltz, 5-0, to win the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and cap an undefeated fall schedule (11-0). Geneseo is one of 39 schools among the 49 selected for the tournament to qualify via automatic bid by capturing a conference title. It will be the team's fifth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh overall.

Geneseo went 3-3 in the spring portion of its schedule, which included contests against the top junior college team in the country and four Division III schools ranked either regionally or nationally. The Knights captured their last match, 5-4 over St. Lawrence, ranked No. 37 in the nation. Geneseo is currently No. 14 in the Northeast Region rankings, with senior Cat Crummey earning a No. 22 ranking in singles.

Ithaca (14-7) earned an automatic bid by capturing the Empire 8 Championship. The Bombers were a perfect 8-0 in their conference regular season, dropping only one point in the matches, and claimed the tournament title with wins over Hartwick (9-0) and Stevens (5-1). Ithaca shares five common opponents with the Knights, with the Bombers claiming wins over Nazareth (9-0), and Cortland (9-0), while losing to Connecticut College (5-4), Rochester (9-0), and St. Lawrence (8-1). The two schools have only faced each other twice previously, the last matchup in 1998, with Ithaca claiming both matches.

The Knights have participated in six previous NCAA tournaments (2009, 2010, 2012-15) and have a 4-6 record, with all of their wins coming in first-round matches. Last season Geneseo defeated Elizabethtown (Pa.), 5-0, before falling to Amherst in the second round, 5-0.