No. 28 Women's Tennis Receives First-Round Bye in NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced its Division II Women's Tennis Championship field Tuesday night, and the Queens College Knights have been selected as the top seed in the East Region. Head coach Alan Nagel's squad will receive a first-round bye, and play either fourth-seeded Concordia College (10-1) or fifth-seeded (and host) Stonehill College (15-5), Tuesday (May 1) at 11 a.m. in Easton, Mass.
Queens (17-1) enters the tournament in search of its third-consecutive trip to the Round of 16 (May 16-19, Louisville, Ky.). The Knights went undefeated in the regular season against Division II competition for the second straight year, and are led by junior Erika Goldsmith (Edison, N.J.), who was named the East Coast Conference Player of the Year this fall just months after garnering the 2010-11 ECC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Sophomore Anna Rodionova (Orenburg, Russia), and freshmen Phoebe Chiem (Duluth, Ga.) and Francesca Fanchin (New York, N.Y.), were all-East Coast Conference second team selections. All four student-athletes are regionally ranked in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll.
Last season, QC found itself as the top seed in the region and with a first-round bye in a regional hosted by Stonehill, as well. The Knights topped the Skyhawks by a 5-1 count, en route to its second-consecutive trip to the Round of 16.