GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's tennis team will face Farmingdale State this Friday, May 12, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament, as announced Monday. Match time has yet to be determined. The winner will move on to the second-round on Saturday against Middlebury (Vt.), host for the six-team regional, which received a first-round bye.
The Knights (12-8) earned an automatic bid to the tournament, Oct. 10, by defeating New Paltz, 5-1, to win the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and cap a 9-1 fall schedule. 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 sixth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth overall.
Geneseo went 3-7 in the spring portion of its schedule, which included contests against Division II affiliate Sioux Falls, and victories over Lake Forest, Union and local rival RIT. Farmingdale State (15-4) earned an automatic qualifying bid by securing the Skyline Conference Championship. The Rams posted a 6-1 mark in conference play, and claimed the Skyline title with wins over Sage, 5-0, and St. Joseph, 5-2. They have faced two SUNYAC opponents this season falling to Plattsburgh, 7-2, and Oneonta, 7-2, in the fall.
Juniors Lauren Salzano and Anika Pornpitaksuk have formed a formidable pair at first doubles this season. Named SUNYAC Doubles Team of the Year, Salzano and Pornpitaksuk combined to earn a 13-5 record this season, including a victory against Division II Sioux Falls at the top doubles flight.
The Knights have participated in seven previous NCAA tournaments (2009, 2010, 2012-16) and have a 5-6 record, with all of their wins coming in first-round matches. Last season Geneseo defeated Ithaca, 5-0, before bowing out to host Amherst, 5-0.
With a victory, Geneseo would face host Middlebury College. The Knights and Rams are joined by the Panthers of Middlebury, Elizabethtown College, Skidmore College and Amherst College in the six-team pod.