NCAA First Round Matchup Set For Jordan Benjamin
The NCAA released the pairings for the NCAA Men's Singles Championships on Tuesday morning and Dayton's Jordan Benjamin will face Constantin Schmitz of Tulane University on Wednesday, May 23 at 8 a.m.
Schmitz is a top-16 National seed in the tournament and is riding an 11-match win streak entering Wednesday's matchup, along with a 28-8 overall record and a 12-7 mark against nationally-ranked opponents.
Benjamin, recently named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Player of the Year, is the first ever Dayton player to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The junior from Fairport, N.Y. went a perfect 16-0 during dual match play, all at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, and owns an overall record of 20-1 this season.
The NCAA Championships are being held in Winston-Salem, N.C. at Wake Forest University's tennis complex. Wake Forest and the NCAA will be providing live streaming and stats for all of the courts in action and the link to watch the matches has been provided at the top of this page.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Junior Jordan Benjamin
"Qualifying for the NCAA Championships means the world to me because of the hard work and sacrifices I've made over the three years that I've been a Flyer. I've trained aggressively over the past few weeks, so I can make the most of this opportunity and play at the highest level. I want to set an example for the other guys on the team that if you stay determined and motivated, the goals you set are achievable!"
Head Coach Ryan Meyer
"I'm extremely excited for Jordan to have the opportunity to compete and represent the Flyers at the NCAA Championships. His undefeated 16-0 record is a direct result of all the hard work he has put in over the years. It's also huge for our program. We have a goal to qualify as a team in the future and to continue to work towards playing on the national stage, and this is certainly a step in the right direction.