Bobcat Men Hold At Fourth In NCAA Regional Tennis Poll

Bobcat Men Hold At Fourth In NCAA Regional Tennis Poll

INDIANAPOLIS, (Ind.) -- West Virginia Wesleyan held onto the the No. 4 position in the latest NCAA regional rankings released yesterday.

The top six schools will gain entry to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, with regional sites competing May 7-9. The top two teams will each host a three-team regional on their campus facility.

The Bobcats, 19-5 overall and MEC regular season co-champions, maintained their ranking despite falling to West Liberty State in the MEC tournament finals this past Sunday.

Wesleyan awaits the final ranking, to be released May 2 to determine their NCAA fate.

The 'Cats have played in 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments coming into this season.

In the latest poll, Bluefield State, Edinboro, and West Liberty are ranked above the Bobcats.

Chowan and Mercyhurst are at five and six, while the University of Charleston and Shaw finish out the rankings.

The MEC has completed their playing season, while the PSAC and CIAA are conducting their tournaments this weekend.

"We have had a really nice year and are looking forward to keeping it going for at least another weekend," said head coach Marc Walters.

Walters explained the accomplishments were far from a sure thing going into the year.

"The NCAA was certainly a goal, as was winning a conference title," he remarked. "If we get a bid, it will say alot about what kind of job these guys have done since August. We had six brand new doubles players in the lineup, and we graduated two All-MEC guys and another doubles specialist. Our kids had a demanding travel schedule, conditioning program and of course the challenges of classes at Wesleyan. I am really amazed at their growth and how they put themselves into the conversation as one of the top teams in the region."

The NCAA selection show will air on Tuesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. EST on the website.

Pairings and sites will be announced on the show, and the tournament details will be available here at


1. Bluefield St. 16-2 12-1
2. Edinboro 16-2 15-2
3. West Liberty 15-5 14-4
4. West Va. Wesleyan 18-4 17-4
5. Chowan 15-5 15-4
6. Mercyhurst 8-5 8-5
7. Charleston (WV) 11-8 11-7
8. Shaw 7-4 7-4


Pictured: Senior Timothy Stephens cracks a backhand return in a win against Daeman College May 20 in Morgantown.