KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 24 qualifying teams for each of the 2013 NAIA Men's and Women's Tennis National Championships, held May 14-18 in Mobile, Ala. The bracket and pairings for the 33rd annual event will be announced Tuesday by 5 p.m. CDT.
Vanguard, Westmont and Concordia will each send both their men's and women's teams to the national tournament. The NAIA No. 3-ranked Vanguard men's tennis, the only undefeated team in the men's tournament, earned an automatic bid as the GSAC Tournament Champion, while No. 4 Westmont and No. 10 Concordia received at-large berths. On the women's side, GSAC Tournament Champion and No. 7 Westmont earned the automatic bid with No. 11 Vanguard and No. 13 Concordia were awarded at-large berths.
This year's teams include 13 automatic qualifiers each for men and women – awarded to conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament champions – ten at-large bids and one host berth. The 10 at-large selections were determined by the final NAIA Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Polls released Monday. Mobile (Ala.) of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC), received the host berth in both tournaments.
NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the championship match on May 18. Streaming of the championship match will be free. For more information and to pre-register, click here.