RICHARDSON, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' men's tennis team has been awarded a first round bye as American Southwest Conference West Division Champions at this weekend's 2012 ASC Men's Tennis Championship that will be held Friday-Sunday (April 27-29) at Summers Tennis Center and Tyler Tennis and Swim Club in Tyler, Texas.
The hosting rights of the ASC championships – which features both the women and the men – rotates each year. It was the ASC East women's turn to host and Texas-Tyler won the ASC East. The women's and men's ASC champion will each earn the conference's automatic bids into their respective NCAA Division III Tennis Championships.
Texas-Tyler and Hardin-Simmons – who have combined for the last 11 ASC titles – wrapped up their respective division's top seeds with perfect league marks and also received first-round byes in the six-team, single-elimination event. They will each wait for semifinal action on Saturday.
On Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Tyler Tennis and Swim Club, HSU head coach Shane Williford's seven-time conference champion – and 11-time West Division champ – Cowboys (10-6, 6-0 ASC) will face the winner of Friday's 9:30 a.m. match also at TTSC between East No. 2 seed Mississippi College (10-3, 5-1 ASC) and West No. 3 seed McMurry (6-10, 3-3 ASC).
Texas-Tyler, who is also the four-time defending league champion, won their ninth straight ASC East Division title, will get underway at 9:30 a.m. on their home court against the winner of Friday's 9:30 a.m. quarterfinal at Summers Tennis Center between West No. 2 seed Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-6, 5-1 ASC) and East No. 3 seed Texas-Dallas (10-3, 4-2 ASC).
The ASC Men's Championship will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Summers Tennis Center.
Live statistics will be available throughout the event as well as selected live video streaming and video highlights. The links can be found on the conference's website, www.ASCsports.org, and the official championships website, www.uttylerpatriots.com.
NOTES: Free admission. . . Official tournament T-shirts will be available for $15, while souvenir programs will be $2. . . . This is the 16th year of the ASC Championships. . . . Returning all-tournament performers from 2011: Most Valuable Player Kevin Singer and Kevin Wright of Texas-Tyler on the men's side; Ashley Albro, Jessica Blundell and Morgan Wilkins of Texas-Tyler, Jean-Jean Gwo of Texas-Dallas, and twin sisters Malloy and Megan Aarhus of Mary Hardin-Baylor on the women's side. . . . The same school has won both the men's and women's ASC title for 10 straight years (Texas-Tyler from 2008-11, Hardin-Simmons from 2002-2007) and 11 overall (HSU in 1998, MC in 2000). . . The West Division leads the East in ASC men's titles 9-6, while the West Division leads the East in women's titles 10-5. . . Directions to Summers Tennis Center and Fan information for Tyler, Texas, can be found here: http://www.uttylerpatriots.com/maps/default/ . . . Directors to Tyler Tennis and Swim Club can be found here: http://www.tylertsc.com/web/
2012 AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE
April 27-29 / Summers Tennis Center & Tyler Tennis and Swim Club / Tyler, Texas
East Division: #1 Texas-Tyler (15-5, 6-0 ASC), #2 Mississippi College (10-3, 5-1 ASC), #3 Texas-Dallas (10-3, 4-2 ASC)
West Division: #1 Hardin-Simmons (10-6, 6-0 ASC), #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-6, 5-1 ASC), #3 McMurry (6-10, 3-3 ASC)
Friday, April 27
Match 1: Mississippi College (E2) vs. McMurry (W3), 9:30 a.m., TTSC
Match 2: Mary Hardin-Baylor (W2) vs. Texas-Dallas (E3), 9:30 a.m., Summers
Saturday, April 28
Match 3: Hardin-Simmons (W1) vs. Winner of Match 1 [MC/McM], 9:30 a.m., TTSC
Match 4: Texas-Tyler (E1) vs. Winner of Match 2 [UMHB/UTD], 9:30 a.m., Summers
Sunday, April 29
Match 5: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 1 p.m., Summers
ALL-TIME ASC TENNIS CHAMPIONS
Year ASC Champion
1997 Howard Payne
2000 Mississippi College
2001 Mississippi College
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