NEW HAVEN Conn. (July 30, 2015)— Chestnut Hill College has been selected to host the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men’s Tennis Championship, as announced recently by commissioner Dan Mara. The championship will take place on Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Griffins will be hosting the men's tennis championship for the fourth-consecutive year, as the event will be held on the Chestnut Hill College Tennis Courts. The facility features six, first-class tennis courts that will serve as an impressive venue for the tournament, which will crown a conference championship and determine who earns the CACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament in early May.
Prior to the competition there will be the annual CACC Men’s Tennis Championship Banquet on the Friday before the semifinals, as the four qualifying teams will be in attendance for the dinner and the end of the year award ceremony. Student-athletes who earn All-CACC honors following the conclusion of the regular season, but whose teams do not advance to the postseason, will be invited for the event to be honored as well. Awards to be presented during the evening include player of the year, rookie of the year, BSN Sports Coach of the Year, team sportsmanship award, Top XV Award, regular season champion(s), First-Team All-CACC honorees and Second-Team All-CACC honorees.
The competition will begin on Saturday with the semifinals, where the No. 1 seed will face the No. 4 seed, and the second seed will square off against the third seed in the afternoon’s second contest. After the semifinal matches the two teams remaining will compete for the right to be crowned CACC Champion on Sunday. The top four teams from the regular season standings qualify for the tournament and the winner will earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA East Regional Tournament.
Concordia College has claimed the past six men’s titles since entering the CACC during the 2010 season. The 2015 championship featured the Clippers against the Griffins where Concordia won 5-0. Both teams would advance to the NCAA East Regional Tournament, where the Clippers claimed the regional crown and ultimately advanced to the national quarterfinals.
Each CACC member school is eligible to put in a bid to host the tournament finals of conference-sponsored championship sports. Once a bid is submitted by a school, it is reviewed by the CACC Championships Committee, which is comprised of several administrators throughout the league. Once a site is chosen to host a championship, it is sent to the CACC Director's Council for official approval.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician College, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.