BABSON PARK, Mass. -- For the first time since 1997, the Babson College men's tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Division III Tournament after the Beavers received an at-large bid when the field was announced on Monday evening.
Currently 11-8 on the year, Babson will head to Amherst College to take on The College of New Jersey in the first round this Thursday, May 9. The winner will then face the host Lord Jeffs in the second round.
This is the Beavers' second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, with the only other trip coming back in 1996-97. Babson enters the tourney this time around as one of seven Pool "B" selections, which are reserved for teams that compete in conferences without an automatic qualifier.
The national bid comes on the heels of a great turnaround season for the Beavers, who under 14th-year head coach Jim Berrigan have posted their first winning record since 2003-04. Entering the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament as the second seed, the Green and White advanced to the championship match before falling to league champion and fellow NCAA Pool "B" selection MIT.
More information, including a preview of the first and second rounds, will be posted later this week.