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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 20, 2005

Northwest Tennis Gears up for MIAA Championships

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State men's and women's tennis teams gear up for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Championships held at Washburn University of Apr. 23-24. The Northwest men's team enters with the No. 2 seed and will face host-Washburn, the No. 3 seed. The women hold down the No. 3 spot and battle No. 6 seed Southwest Baptist in the opening round. All action gets started on Saturday with the final rounds to be finished on Sunday in Topeka, Kan.

If the men win, they will face one of three schools, No. 4 Truman, No. 5 Emporia or No. 1 Southwest Baptist. 2004 champion Southwest Baptist holds a bye and plays the winner of Truman and Emporia State in the second round. The winner of that second-round match will face Northwest or Washburn.

For the women, if Northwest is victorious it will face the No. 7 Missouri Western and No. 2 Washburn winner in the quarterfinals. The Lady Hornets of Emporia State earned the top seed and have a first-round bye.

The 'Cat men, who defeated Washburn 5-4 on Apr. 13, look to give head coach Mark Rosewell his seventh MIAA crown and first since 2002. The SBU Bearcats have won the last two Championships. As of Apr. 6, Northwest is No. 4 in the North Central Region.

The Northwest women took down Southwest Baptist 6-3 on Mar. 12 and will try to get back to the top of the MIAA. In 2004, the Washburn Lady Blues defeated Northwest in the championship match to halt Northwest's three-year title run. In the ITA national polls (Apr. 6), the Bearcats sit No. 37 and are No. 2 in the North Central Region listing behind Emporia State.

Overall, coach Rosewell has a school-record 15 MIAA Championships credited to his name.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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