Barons Face Hope in NCAA Tournament First Round

Barons Face Hope in NCAA Tournament First Round

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan men's tennis team put together one of their best seasons in program history after winning their sixth-straight AMCC title and are headed to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Barons will travel to Gambier, Ohio to take on Hope College in the opening round, hosted by Kenyon.

After Franciscan swept the AMCC regular season, the Barons won both of their tournament matches 5-0 to secure their sixth-straight AMCC championship and seventh in program history.  Franciscan then swept the All-AMCC first team for singles and doubles and sophomore Jake Haffner was named the Player of the Year. Freshman Luke Conrad earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors and head coach Scott Greve earned his second-straight Coach of the Year award.

The Barons are currently 15-9, the most wins in school history, and have won their last seven matches going into the NCAA tournament.

Franciscan will travel to Gambier, Ohio to the campus of Kenyon College to face Hope in the opening round. The two teams have never faced each other before. Hope comes into the match with a 10-10 record after winning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

The Barons are familiar with the courts in Gambier as this marks the third time Franciscan has traveled to Kenyon for the NCAA tournament. In 2013, Franciscan defeated Elizabethtown 5-1 at Kenyon for its first-ever NCAA tournament win.

Franciscan and Hope square off at 2:00 pm in the first game of the tournament and the winner will face No. 10 Washington-St. Louis in Friday's regional semifinal. Friday's other semifinal pits No. 13 Kenyon (19-4) against No. 17 University of Mary Washington, Virginia (20-5). The championship match is Saturday.

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