NCAA Division II Women's Tennis East Regional Preview
No. 2 Southern New Hampshire (18-5): Southern New Hampshire is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance after posting an 18-5 record and capturing its third-straight Northeast-10 Tournament title...the Penmen have won eight straight heading into the NCAA Championship...Southern New Hampshire is led by Northeast-10 Player of the Year Alena Mukdaprakorn and NE-10 Rookie of the Year Diana Vamvakitis...each posted an unbeaten mark in league singles play and the duo was also unbeaten in NE-10 doubles action...all six members of the Penmen lineup garnered NE-10 All-Conference accolades in singles and doubles...SNHU defeated first round opponent Chestnut Hill 6-3 on March 17.
No. 3 District of Columbia (15-3): UDC has been idle since April 10 when it defeated Virginia State 9-0...the Firebirds, who captured the East Coast Conference tournament title in the fall with a 5-1 win over NYIT, have not lost to a Division II opponent since the season opener September 10 against Queens (N.Y.)...they defeated first-round opponent Adelphi 5-4 on March 11...Kristyna Nepivodova and Jessica Nunez were ECC First-Team All-Conference performers for UDC, while head coach Dickie Mahaffey was named the league's Coach of the Year.
No. 6 Adelphi (16-4): Adelphi fell 5-0 to eventual tournament champion Southern New Hampshire in the Northeast-10 semifinals, with the Penmen avenging their only loss of the NE-10 regular season...five Adelphi players garnered NE-10 All-Conference accolades in singles, led by Samra Redzematovic's First Team honors at No. 3 and Joanna Haich garnering First Team at No. 5...Maria Toft and Carolyn Smith garnered Second Team honors...the Panthers are making their third straight NCAA appearance, and have bowed to SNHU in the first round in each of the past two years.
No. 7 Chestnut Hill (19-6): The Griffins are making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after compiling a 19-6 record and reaching the semifinals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament...Chestnut Hill had a total of four All-CACC selections, led by Nastia Shcherbakova and Kelly Dennis receiving First Team honors...Griffin head coach Albert Stroble was named the league's Coach of the Year... five of CHC's six losses came to NCAA Tournament teams, including Southern New Hampshire and District of Columbia.