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ELGIN, Ill. – Art Steuber continues guide the Judson University men's tennis program in a championship direction as they have received their first-ever bid to the NCCAA National Tournament. Judson will be one of eight teams to compete for the NCCAA National Championship in Mobile, Ala.
Judson is in the midst of one of their finest seasons as they have played for both the CCAC regular season and tournament championships. Judson went 4-1 in the CCAC and then defeated St. Francis for their first-ever CCAC Tournament win before falling to Olivet Nazarene, 5-0, in the championship.
Playing in pool ‘B', Judson will face three other programs in Indiana Wesleyan, Emmanuel College (Ga.), and Campbellsville University (Ky.). In pool ‘A' there is Spring Arbor University (Mich.), Roberts Wesleyan University (N.Y.), Central Christian College (Kan.), and Northwestern College (Minn.).
Judson received their first-ever NCCAA national ranking earlier this year as they were tabbed eighth. They are currently 11-12 on the year and went 4-1 in the CCAC.
The NCCAA National Tournament will take place May 7-11 in Mobile, Ala., at the Mobile Tennis Center. Judson will start tournament play on Tuesday, May 8th, at 8:30 a.m. against Roberts Wesleyan. They will follow with a 2:30 p.m. match vs. Indiana Wesleyan on the same day. On Wednesday, May 9th, they will take on Emmanuel College at 9:00 a.m. The top two teams from the pool advance to the semi-finals as #1 will play #2 from the opposite sides on Thursday, May 10th, at 9:30 a.m. The national championship match is at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 10th.
John Mittvick has been the NCCAA National Player of the Week, twice, this year and the CCAC Player of the Week, once, leading Judson in awards. Reilly Good has also earned the NCCAA National Player of the Week award while Adam Westhauser has been the NCCAA National and the CCAC Player of the Week, once.
Playing a tough schedule overall, the schedule in Alabama will not be any easier. Indiana Wesleyan is 10-9 and went 5-3 in conference play. Emmanuel is 5-9 overall but has played four nationally ranked teams. Campbellsville is 14-6 overall and played for their conference tournament championship. In Pool ‘A', Judson may face Roberts Wesleyan who is 12-7 and receiving votes in the NAIA National Poll. Spring Arbor is also receiving votes in the NAIA National Poll and has a 22-1-1 record. Northwestern College is 11-10 and has not yet played in their NCAA Division III conference tournament. The last team to be a part of pool ‘A' is Central Christian College of Kansas with an 8-5 record.