Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4/8/2015 10:24:00 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some of the top collegiate tennis players in the Southeast will converge on Columbia for the annual Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's and women's tennis championships.

The tournament begins Friday at 8 a.m. with the second-seeded Benedict College women's team taking on Tuskegee, while the No. 2 seed Tuskegee men's team will take on No. 3 Stillman.

All matches will be played at the Columbia Tennis Center at 1635 Whaley Street. Admission is free.

The Benedict College men's tennis team is the top seed for the tournament and will take on No. 4 Morehouse College at 11 a.m. on Friday. Stillman College is the No. 1 seed on the women's side and will take on fourth-seed Clark Atlanta University.

On Saturday, the men's and women's third-place matches will take place at 8 a.m. The men's and women's championship matches will be played at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

This is the first part of the spring SIAC championships that will take part in Columbia. The baseball and softball championship tournaments will take place in two weeks, kicking off on Thursday, April 23. The softball championship game will be Saturday, April 25, while the baseball championship game will be Sunday, April 26.

The tournaments are expected to draw more than 4,000 visitors to Columbia, including student-athletes, coaches, support staff, officials and spectators. Benedict College and the City of Columbia are sponsoring the championships.

Men's bracket
Women's bracket

Founded in 1913, the SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The primary mission and purpose of the SIAC is "to leverage intercollegiate athletics to the benefit of our student-athletes and to advance the overarching strategic interests of SIAC member institutions." The SIAC includes 15 member institutions (Albany State University, Benedict College, Central State University Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, Tuskegee University) which are located within a contiguous six-state footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio). The SIAC sponsors seven men's and six women's sports and is a proud member of the NCAA Division II.

Source: Benedict College Sports Information (click here for more)