College notebook: St. Vincent women's tennis earns NCAA bid
The St. Vincent women's tennis team earned the Presidents' Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich., after finishing in a tie with Westminster (Pa.) for first place at the PAC championships Saturday in Erie.
Both teams accumulated 49 points, but St. Vincent was awarded its first postseason bid because of its 6-3 regular-season win over Westminster.
First-year St. Vincent coach Chris McMahon was named PAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcats to a 14-0 regular-season record, which included a 9-0 mark in the PAC.
Earning wins in the PAC championships for St. Vincent were top-seeded Jessica McKetta, 6-2, 6-0, over third-seeded Christine Bullock of Geneva at No. 5 singles; top-seeded Kylie Auman, 6-1, 6-3, over second-seeded Beth Ekimoff of Westminster at No. 6 singles; and top-seeded McKetta and Auman, 9-7, over second-seeded Jane Larson and Ekimoff of Westminster at No. 3 doubles.
Grove City College, which had won the previous 25 PAC championships, finished third in team scoring with 34 points.
The 2013 D-III Tournament will be May 20-25 at Kalamazoo College.
Quite a challenge
The St. Vincent men's basketball team will open its regular-season schedule Nov. 16 at Virginia Wesleyan, which is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III in a preseason poll conducted by D-III News and No. 2 by D3hoops.com.
“It's an exciting way to start the year,” St. Vincent coach DP Harris said. “This game gives us an opportunity to get ready for conference play.”
The Bearcats' first scheduled PAC game is Dec. 1 against visiting Westminster. They are scheduled to begin play Nov. 1 with an exhibition game at Division I Robert Morris.
St. Vincent returns its top five scorers from a 19-8 team that was 11-5 in the PAC, led by senior guard Dennis Bassich, who averaged 16.7 points.