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SEEDINGS ANNOUNCED FOR NEC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Release: April 16, 2012
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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Northeast Conference has announced the seedings for the 2012 NEC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships, to be contested this Friday through Sunday at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Monmouth University men's tennis team is ranked third, while the women's team took the eighth seed. The men will square off against No. 6 Saint Francis (Pa.) in the quarterfinals, no earlier than 2 p.m. Friday, while the women face ninth-seeded Wagner in the opening round at 9 a.m.

The Hawks' men enter the tournament at 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the league, including wins in each of their last two NEC matches this past weekend. The women are 3-16, though two of their victories came against their opening-round opponent. Monmouth defeated Wagner, 6-1 twice this season, Oct. 17 in West Long Branch and April 3 on Staten Island.

Fairleigh Dickinson's men's and women's teams took the top seeds in both tournaments. The Knights' men went 12-7 with an unblemished 4-0 NEC mark. Included in the FDU men's team's overall record is an eight-match winning streak. FDU's women went 13-7 (3-2 NEC) this season. Both conference losses came without No. 1 singles player Anna Rapoport, who has since returned to the line-up.

The reigning champions entering the event are Sacred Heart's men and Quinnipiac's women. SHU enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed, while the QU is seeded second.  

Matches begin Friday at 9 a.m. Admission to the event is free.   

Men's Seeds
1. Fairleigh Dickinson
2. Quinnipiac
3. Monmouth
4. Mount St. Mary's
5. Sacred Heart
6. Saint Francis (PA)
7. Robert Morris
8. St. Francis (NY)
9. Wagner

Women's Seeds
1. Fairleigh Dickinson
2. Quinnipiac
3. Sacred Heart
4. LIU Brooklyn
5. Mount St. Mary's
6. Robert Morris
7. Saint Francis (PA)
8. Monmouth
9. Wagner
10. St. Francis (NY)

Dates/Location
The 2012 NEC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships will be held on April 20-22 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ.

Women's Tennis Championship Participants (10)
Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner.

Men's Tennis Championship Participants (9)
Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart,
St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner.

Defending Champions
Men: Sacred Heart
Women: Quinnipiac


Schedule Of Events

Friday, April 20 - 9:00 am start         

9:00 am               Women's Outbracket matches: 8 vs. 9, 7 vs. 10; Men's Outbracket match: 8 vs. 9
Not Before 11:30 am   Women's Quarterfinals: 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5; Men's Quarterfinals: 2 vs. 7
Not Before 2:00 pm    Men's Quarterfinal: 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5; Women's Consolation: 9th Place Match
Not Before 4:30 pm    Men's Quarterfinals: 1 vs. winner 8/9; Women's Quarterfinals: 1 vs. winner of 8/9, 2 vs. winner of 7/10

Saturday, April 21 - 9:00 am start

9:00 am               Women's Consolation: 5th Place #1*; Women's Consolation: 5th Place #2*
Not Before 11:30 am   Men's Semifinal #1*; Men's Semifinal #2*; Men's Consolation: 5th Place #1*
Not Before 2:00 pm    Women's Semifinal #1*; Women's Semifinal #2*; Men's Consolation: 5th Place #2*

Saturday, April 22 - 10:00 am start

10:00 am              Men's Championship Match
Not Before 12:30 pm   Women's Championship Match

* Second day matches times and order are tentative and may be rearranged to prioritize semifinal matches in the case of inclement weather.

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