NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—VCU has claimed the top seed for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Tennis Championship, which begins Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
The Rams are the defending A-10 champions and are 9-9 overall this season and are 2-0 when facing other Atlantic 10 members. They also have wins over Penn State, ETSU, Boston University and William & Mary. Like the other top three seeds, VCU receives a bye through the first round and will open championship Friday at 10:00 am.
Saint Louis is seeded second with a 15-4 record and wins over Bradley, SEMO, Southern Illinois and Chicago State. The Billikens were also 4-0 against A-10 members this season. They will open play at 1:00 pm on Friday.
George Washington will be the No. 3 seed and receives the final first-round bye. GW is 8-5 overall with five victories over A-10 teams and will play on Friday at 1:00 pm
Fourth-seeded Richmond is 8-12 overall, has beaten two league schools and will play No. 13 La Salle at 9:00 am on Thursday, one of the first two matches of the championship. Massachusetts is seeded fifth and plays No. 12 Dayton in the other opening match at 9:00 am Thursday. UMass is 11-8 overall while Dayton finished the regular season at 4-14. The Richmond/La Salle winner plays the UMass/Dayton winner in the quarterfinals Friday at 10:00 am.
Saint Joseph’s is the sixth seed and will play No. 11 George Mason at noon on Thursday. The Hawks were 15-7 during the regular season while Mason was 9-16. The winner of that match will face No. 3 George Washington at 1:00 pm Friday.
No. 7 Duquesne was 6-12 during the regular season and will play No. 10 St. Bonaventure, which was 6-11 overall. That match will be played Thursday at 3:00 pm with the winner advancing to face No. 2 Saint Louis at 1:00 pm Friday.
Eighth-seeded Fordham will face No. 9 Rhode Island at noon on Thursday with the winner playing Friday versus No. 1 VCU at 10:00 am. The battle of the Rams features 9-9 Fordham versus 6-10 Rhody.
Seeding for the championship is determined by the Atlantic 10 seeding committee based on regular season results, rankings and strength of opponents. The A-10 does not play a regular season conference schedule.
Every match of the championship will be played at Lindner Family Tennis Center, which has hosted the A-10 Men’s Championship the last two years (2012, 2013). Admission to the stadium, which is also used for the ATP Tour’s Western & Southern Open, will be free for the A-10 Championship.
The semifinals will be played Saturday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and the championship final is Sunday at 10:00 am. The winner of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.2014 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship Seeds
2. Saint Louis
3. George Washington
6. Saint Joseph’s
9. Rhode Island
10. St. Bonaventure
11. George Mason
13. La Salle