Torndos to face Pioneers in opening round of tournament

Match is a rematch of last year's quarterfinal contest

Rock Hill, S.C. – The Tornados men’s tennis team returns to the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament for the second time since the program became eligible in 2008-2009 and will take on the team who knocked them out of last season’s tournament in Tusculum.

Led by junior Scott McCormick who went 7-1 in the SAC at No. 1 singles for Coach Paul Thomson, the Tornados went 7-11 on the season, 4-4 in South Atlantic Conference play to earn the sixth seed in the tournament.

Lincoln Memorial University, which went undefeated in conference play, is the No. 1 seed for the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament, the league announced Thursday.

LMU is 8-0 in conference play and 15-1 overall. Lincoln Memorial still has two non-conference matches left this weekend, but are currently riding a 10-match winning streak. The Railsplitters won their first SAC men's title championship.

Wingate University is the second seed. The Bulldogs went 7-1 in conference play and are 13-3 overall.

Both Lincoln Memorial and Wingate will receive byes to the tennis tournament semifinals. The top six teams for men's and women's advance to the tournament, and all matches will be played at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.

Tusculum College is the third seed. The Pioneers won the 2008 tournament title and advanced to the championship last year. Tusculum is 6-2 in the conference and 14-4 overall. The Pioneers will face sixth-seed Brevard College in one quarterfinal match on Thursday, April 22, at 1 p.m. The winner of that match will face Wingate on Friday, April 23.

Brevard went 4-4 in league play and is 7-11 on the year.

Carson-Newman College, Mars Hill College and Brevard finished tied for fourth in the final conference standings. The three schools split with each other and each lost to the top three seeds and beat the bottom three teams in the conference. The next tiebreaker was match scores in head-to-head play. Mars Hill beat Carson-Newman 6-3, but lost to Brevard 4-5 for a 10-8 match record and earned the fourth seed. Carson-Newman earned the fifth seed by virtue of its 5-4 victory over Brevard in head-to-head competition.

Mars Hill, the defending tournament champion, will face fifth-seed Carson-Newman in the other quarterfinal match on Thursday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Mars Hill is 4-4 in conference play and 6-9 overall with one non-conference match left to play. Carson-Newman is 4-4 in the conference and 8-6 overall with one non-conference match left to play. The winner of that match will face Lincoln Memorial on Friday, April 23.

The tournament championship is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 24.

Lincoln Memorial is ranked 12th in the most recent ITA Southeast Region rankings, while Wingate is 13th. Mars Hill, Tusculum and Brevard are ranked 16th, 17th, and 18th, respectively.

All matches will be held at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.

The tournament winner will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Tournament.

Food Lion is the title sponsor for all South Atlantic Conference championships.

2010 Food Lion SAC Men's Tennis Tournament
Quarterfinals

Thursday, April 22, 2010
At Rock Hill Tennis Center, Rock Hill, S.C.
No. 3 Tusculum vs. No. 6 Brevard, 1 p.m.
No. 4 Mars Hill vs. No. 5 Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.

Semifinals
Friday, April 23, 2010
At Rock Hill Tennis Center, Rock Hill, SC
No. 1 Lincoln Memorial vs. Mars Hill/Carson-Newman winner, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Wingate vs. Tusculum/Brevard winner, 1 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, April 24, 2010
At Rock Hill Tennis Center, Rock Hill, SC
Semifinal winners, Noon

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