MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University has earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming six-team Northeast-10 Men's Tennis Championship that kicks off Tuesday, April 17. The Penmen (10-8, 9-2 Northeast-10) will entertain sixth-seeded Le Moyne College (7-8, 6-5 NE-10) in a first-round matchup Tuesday at 4:00 at the SNHU courts. While the forecast is for sunny skies, should the match need to be moved indoors, it would take place at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Allard Center in Goffstown.
Should SNHU advance, it would travel to face second-seeded Bentley University (14-5, 10-1) in a semifinal match on Thursday, with the championship match taking place at the home court of the highest remaining seed on Saturday. Merrimack College captured the tournament's top seed with an 11-0 league mark and a 15-7 overall record.
The Penmen, who enter postseason play having won six of their last eight matches, are in search of their first-ever NE-10 tournament title after coming up one match short, falling 5-4 to Bentley in the championship match last season. Southern New Hampshire only fell to the tourney's top two seeds in the regular season, dropping a 6-3 decision to Merrimack on April 7 and a 7-2 match to Bentley on Saturday.
Le Moyne is making its fifth straight appearance in the NE-10 Championship and seventh overall, but is still seeking its first win in league tourney play with an 0-7 overall mark. The Dolphins punched their postseason ticket on the season's final day, posting an 8-1 win Saturday against Saint Michael's to secure the final tournament spot.
2012 Northeast-10 Conference
Men's Tennis Championship
(all matches at higher seed)
Tuesday, April 17 – First Round
No. 6 Le Moyne (7-8, 6-5) at No. 3 Southern New Hampshire (10-8, 9-2) – 4:00
No. 5 Adelphi (9-10, 7-4) at No. 4 Stonehill (14-4, 8-3) – 2:00
Thursday, April 19 – Semifinals
LEM/SNH winner at No. 2 Bentley (14-5, 10-1) – 2:00
ADE/STO winner at No. 1 Merrimack (15-7, 11-0) – 2:00
Saturday, April 21 – Championship
Semifinal Winners – 1:00