NORCROSS, Ga. – With five teams ranked in the Top 25 and one receiving votes, the 2013 Women's Tennis Conference Championships will be a battle to the end. Three SSAC teams have held the No. 1 rank in the NAIA weekly top 25 polls in 2013 including Brenau, Auburn-Montgomery, and William Carey. The championship begins on April 18 and will run through April 21. The primary location for matches will be the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala. with a secondary location at Auburn University at Montgomery. The championship match will be played at O'Connor Tennis Center.
Brenau University enters the championship as the second ranked team in the country and top seed in the championship. The Golden Tigers are 3-1 in conference and 11-3 overall, with big wins over previously No. 1 William Carey, previously No. 20 Lee, and No. 19 SCAD Atlanta. Brenau also spent two weeks as the No. 1 seed in the NAIA in 2013. The Golden Tigers are looking for its first conference championship title.
The Auburn-Montgomery Warhawks are looking for its ninth straight SSAC championship title. AUM enters the championship ranked third in the country and the second seed in the championship. The Warhawks hold a perfect 4-0* conference record and are 11-8 overall. The Warhawks big win of the year came when they upset previously No. 1 Brenau, 6-3. The Warhawks also spent two weeks as the No. 1 seed in the NAIA in 2013.
Ranked fifth in the country, the William Carey Crusaders enter the championship as the third seed. The Crusaders are the third SSAC squad to claim the top rank in the NAIA in 2013, holding the spot for one week. William Carey is looking for its first SSAC conference championship title. The Crusaders are 10-7 overall and 4-0^ in conference play.
Newcomer College of Coastal Georgia enters the championship as the fourth seed and ranked 14th in the country. The Mariners are 2-2 in conference and 7-7 overall. Lee University is the fifth seed in the championship. The Flames are ranked 23rd nationally with a 4-6 overall and 1-3 conference record. Belhaven University is the final SSAC team receiving national recognition, receiving votes to enter the top 25. The Blazers are the sixth seed with a 10-5 overall and 3-1 conference record.
*Lost to William Carey in a non-conference match.
^Lost to Brenau in a non-conference match.