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Georgetown College Women's Tennis has earned the right to play for a national championship for the first time since the NAIA team format began in 2000.Georgetown College Women's Tennis has earned the right to play for a national championship for the first time since the NAIA team format began in 2000.
This is not the team's first appearance in the tournament, as Georgetown played in both 2000 and 2001 as the host school. The Tigers currently own a No. 14 national ranking and have an overall record of 13-7, with all seven losses coming at the hands of top 20 teams.
"We have played a very strong schedule and our seven losses were to EKU, No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (three times), No. 7 Berry, then No. 10 Brenau and then No. 15 Northwood, so our schedule has been difficult," explained head coach Kevin Calhoun. "But we also beat three teams in the top 25 including No. 10 Southern Nazarene. I think we are ready for anything that we are going to see next week."
Calhoun said he doesn't expect an intimidation factor to be present when his team takes to the courts. "Despite losing to Lindsey Wilson three times, we competed really well with them all three times and our players aren't the intimidated types."
Georgetown is led by junior All-American Emily Kerrick (Lexington, Ky.), who is ranked No. 25 in singles and freshman Adrienne Bartlett (Louisville, Ky.) who has been as high as No. 31 in the country. Combined, the duo competes as No. 13 in NAIA doubles. The roster also includes Jackie Cobb (freshman, Washington Courthouse, Oh.), Charis Gambill (junior, Ashland, Ky.), Megan Mars (sophomore, Harrogate, Tn.), Bianca Rugimbana (sophomore, Brisbane, Australia), Megan Watts (senior, Versailles, Ky.) and Sarah Yost (junior, Manchester, Ky.).
The NAIA National Tennis Championships will be played May 12-16 in Mobile, Alabama at the Mobile Tennis Center. Brackets will be released on Wednesday by 6:00 p.m.