Defending Champion Ephs head to Middlebury for early rounds of NCAA Tournament

Defending Champion Ephs head to Middlebury for early rounds of NCAA Tournament

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA —The Williams College men's tennis team will head to Middlebury to begin defense of its 2013 national championship.

The Ephs (15-6) received an at-large berth into the 2014 Div. III NCAA Tournament after falling to rival Amherst in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday. They will play the winner of a first-round match between Yeshiva and Skidmore Saturday morning at 10.

Babson will face Colby-Sawyer in the other first round match-up Friday and host Middlebury will play the winner Saturday at 2 p.m. The two Saturday winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m.

"We're very excited to be in the NCAA tournament," Ephs' head coach Dan Greenberg said. "It's been an up-and-down spring, but I do feel like the minor adjustments we've made each week are getting us in the right direction. We've played great in moments, but also sloppy in others, so now we just need to play solid throughout. Our guys have stayed steady, and I believe they're ready to finally put it all together."

Williams defeated Claremont-M-S 5-2 to claim the team title last spring.

The NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee has selected the 44 teams that will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships.

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, May 9-11. Claremont-M-S will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 19-21 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 7.

The championships provide for a 44-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 32 conference champions, which form Pool A. Five teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining seven teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.