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NCAA Championships Next for ASC Teams
May 5, 2004

NCAA SportsWith the championship seasons completed in the American Southwest Conference, several teams and individuals have turned their attention to NCAA Division III national championship preparations. All NCAA Championships information and results can be accessed at www.ncaasports.com

Women’s Tennis
ASC Champion Hardin-Simmons opened the spring postseason championship month hosting a regional on May 1. The Cowgirls won two of three doubles matches against Trinity (Texas), but the visiting Tigers controlled singles play for a 5-2 win. HSU closes the season 17-2, with both losses to TU. . . . The national tournament season continues for the HSU doubles team of Nancy Chandler and Rebecca Watkins who will compete in the May 15-17 NCAA Doubles Championship at Rhodes College. Watkins will also compete in the singles championships. This is the first time an HSU women’s player has been invited to the NCAA-III national singles or doubles tournament. . . . No ASC teams or individuals qualified for the national men’s tennis championships.

Softball
East Texas Baptist opens its third NCAA-III Softball Championship appearance as the No. 1-seeded team in the 44-team tournament field. The ASC Champion Lady Tigers (40-3) are in the West Regional at Chapman University (Calif.) where they face the winner of the LaVerne - Linfield game in Friday’s (May 7) 5 p.m. PDT second round game. Regional play is scheduled Friday-Sunday (May 7-9). ETBU games will be webcast at www.tsrnsports.com. The Chapman-hosted NCAA West Region website . . . ETBU is the second conference team to enter national tournament play as the top overall seed. Hardin-Simmons enjoyed No. 1 seeding in the 2003 NCAA-III Women’s Basketball Championship.

Women’s Golf
Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons will represent Region 5 at the May 11-14 NCAA-III Women’s Golf Championships at The Golf Course of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wis. The two ASC teams will be joined by Brittany Cary of McMurry who qualified as an individual out of Region 5. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days of competition. ASC Champion UMHB finished runner-up in the 2003 national tournament.

Men’s Golf
Chris Phillips
of Hardin-Simmons will be the lone ASC representative at the NCAA-III Men’s Golf Championships May 10-13 in Calimesa, Calif. Phillips qualified as an individual out of the West Region. The tournament will be played at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club.

Baseball
Conference champion McMurry will wait until late May 16 to find out where and when it will begin play in the NCAA-III Baseball Championship. The tournament annuoncement and bracket will be posted at www.ncaasports.com.

Track & Field
The final national competition of the spring will be the NCAA-III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meets will be hosted by Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., May 27-29. Several ASC individuals have recorded automatic qualification performances with others on the provisional qualification list. Final selections will be posted at www.ncaasports.com the week of the meet.


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