MEAC Tennis Tournament Preview
RALEIGH, N.C. – Bethune-Cookman’s tennis teams open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament play Friday morning at the Millbrook Tennis Center.
The Lady Wildcats (14-11) will meet Howard (6-6) for the second straight in the quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m., while the Wildcat men (12-15) meet Morgan State (5-16) at noon.
Action concludes with championship matches Sunday.
ABOUT HOWARD: The Bison enter the MEAC tournament on a five-match winning streak. They were 3-1 in Northern Division play, finishing second to Morgan State. Katelyn Stokes had an 8-3 record at No. 1 singles and combined with Talia Johnson for five doubles victories in seven matches.
Howard won last year’s quarterfinal meeting 4-3
B-CU UPDATE: Gaby Chinchilla had her eight-match winning streak snapped in the regular season finale against Florida Gulf Coast, but still sports a team-best 15-7 singles mark, followed by Shereen Peterson-Paul at 13-6. Chinchilla and Chinatsu Kajiwara are 10-5 as a doubles tandem, while Peterson has registered 12 doubles victories with four different partners.
HISTORY: The Lady Wildcats are looking for their first semifinals appearance since 2010. B-CU’s last championship match appearance was in 2007 (a loss to South CarolinaState and its last title was in 2001.
ABOUT MORGAN STATE: The Bears went undefeated (4-0) against the MEAC Northern Division to earn that division’s top seed. Ondre Cargill and Duk Young-Park each went 3-0 in conference play, while Young-Park was 7-3 in No. 1 singles play and 10-8 overall.
B-CU UPDATE: The Wildcats dropped their final six regular season matches and finished fourth in the MEAC Southern division with a 1-3 mark. Leonardo Lima had a team-high 14-8 mark in singles play, while Moritz Pronath and Santiago Lobelo posted 12 and 11 singles victories, respectively. Lobelo and Diego Garavito combined for a 16-9 doubles record.
HISTORY: Last year’s team downed Hampton in the quarterfinals before falling to South Carolina State in the semifinals. The men have made it to the semifinals five of the past six years but have never played in the title match.