Mesa tennis teams both given bids to postseason

Three of the past four years, one of the Mesa State College tennis teams qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament.

This year, both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for postseason play.

The Mesa State women (17-4) held on to one of the top two seeds and will host one of the Central Region tournaments next week.

The Mavericks’ women’s team advanced for the first time since 2007 and will be a No. 2 seed.

They await the winner of Metro State (13-13) and Nebraska-Kearney (14-7), who will play at
11 a.m. May 8 at the Elliott Tennis Center, according to Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald.

Metro State upended Mesa last weekend in the RMAC tournament.

The Mavericks will play the Metro-Kearney winner at 11 a.m. May 9.

The survivor advances to the NCAA Division II national championships May 13-16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

St. Cloud State (Minn.) University (26-8) is hosting the other women’s Central Region tournament with Montana State-Billings (9-2) and Minnesota State-Mankato (12-9).

The fifth-seeded Mesa State men (12-9) made their first NCAA Division II tournament since 2006, but will have to go back on the road, playing CSU-Pueblo (12-11) in the first round at 2 p.m. May 7 at Metro State. The teams split two duals this season.

The winner plays host and No. 1 seed Metro State (16-4) at noon May 8 for a berth to the national championships May 13-16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

St. Cloud State (24-2) is hosting the other Central Region tournament with Western New Mexico (13-11) and Minnesota State-Mankato (6-9).


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