FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 30, 2018) - Last spring, the Queens College women's tennis team ended its season in the Round of 16 with a defeat against BYU-Hawaii in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships. This year, the Knights will look to advance to the quarterfinals against a team that has never been this far before.
Queens learned on Monday (Apr. 30) that the team's journey in Arizona will begin on May 8 with a 7 p.m. contest against the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. UMSL is currently 16-5 on the year and is the No. 26-ranked team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings as of Apr. 25; the Knights are 44th in the country according to those rankings with an 11-4 record on the season.
The two teams were conference runners-up, falling in their respective league postseason tournaments. Queens was defeated by NYIT this past fall in the ECC finale while UMSL dropped the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship to Drury on Apr. 22. The Tritons were the third seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region II bracket, defeating Hillsdale and No. 24 Grand Valley State to advance to the Final 16; Queens was the second-seed in the NCAA Division II East Region II section, knocking off Stonehill in a 5-4 classic to gain access to the road to Arizona.
No matter which team makes it past the first round, the quarterfinal contest could prove to be even more daunting as the winner will await the result of the contest between Midwestern State and second-seed Hawaii Pacific University.