April 21, 2013

Bracket Set for This Week's MAC Tennis Championship

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AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team begins defense of its back-to-back Mid-American Conference tournament titles later this week, when it competes as the No. 3 seed in this year's league championship event. The conference office announced the official bracket late on Saturday, after the conclusion of the regular season.

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UA (17-9, 5-3 MAC) faces sixth-seeded Buffalo (13-4, 4-4 MAC) at 2 p.m. in Friday's quarterfinal round at Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie, Ind. The Zips defeated the Bulls 6-1 in this year's regular-season matchup in Buffalo, and have topped UB in five-straight meetings. Included in that win streak is a victory in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 MAC tournament.

Friday's winner will face second-seeded Bowling Green (16-4, 5-3 MAC) in the semifinal on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the title match scheduled for noon on Sunday. For the fifth-straight year, Miami (Ohio) (11-12, 7-1 MAC) is MAC regular-season champion and likewise the tournament's top seed.

Fans can follow the event via the MAC Tournament Central page on MAC-Sports.com. That page provides links for live statistics. The MAC will announce its all-league team later this week as well.

Akron finished the season in a second-place tie with Bowling Green in the league standings, but the Falcons were awarded the second seed because they defeated the Zips during the regular season.

The Zips earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons as the second seed and defeated top-seeded Miami (Ohio) both times. Akron won both matches 4-3, with dramatic three-set, last-match-on-court victories in each. Those are the Zips only two league tournament championships and only appearances in the title contest.

UA closed the regular season with a 4-3 loss at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, but ended the year by winning three of its last four contests. The Zips boast the nation's 56th-ranked doubles team in Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria. The pair is 18-0 against dual-match competition and 19-1 overall this season (8-0 in MAC play).

Akron faced seven ranked teams this season, and defeated then 69th-ranked Oregon 4-3 at home on February 17. The Ducks are currently ranked 70th and were listed as high 55th this season.