Men’s tennis to host NCAA early rounds

The No. 1-ranked and defending national champion men’s tennis team will host the Central Regional of the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10, at the Tao Tennis Center.

The Bears received an opening-round bye and will face the winner of No. 4 seed Carthage College and No. 5 seed Westminster College in the semifinal Saturday, May 9. No. 2 seed DePauw University and No. 3 seed Grinnell College will meet in the second semifinal match.

The Bears qualified for their 10th straight NCAA tournament and earned an automatic berth as 2009 University Athletic Association champions.

Softball No. 3 seed in Midwest Regional

The softball team earned the No. 3 seed in the eight-team NCAA Midwest Regional and will face No. 6 seed Luther College at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

The Bears earned an at-large berth into the tournament field and are making their eighth straight postseason appearance, while Luther earned an automatic berth into the field as the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions.

WUSTL last won a regional championship in 2007, when it advanced all the way to the NCAA championship game.

Women’s tennis earns postseason bid

The No. 14 women’s tennis team earned an at-large berth into the 2009 NCAA tournament field and will face Manchester College (Ind.) in the regional quarterfinals on Saturday, May 8, in Greencastle, Ind.

The winner of the match between WUSTL and Manchester will advance to meet regional host DePauw University Saturday, May 9. The Bears are making their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament and their 10th in school history.