NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –
The Temple men's tennis team received the third seed at the 33rd annual Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship on April 15-17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo. The Owls, who receive a bye in the first round, will face the winner of the #6 Charlotte vs. #11 La Salle match at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15.
Vying for its first title since 1979, George Washington is the top seed for the tournament. The Colonials, seeded No. 1 for the second consecutive year, have won six of their last eight matches and head into this week's Championship with a 13-8 overall record. George Washington finished a perfect 6-0 against fellow A-10 opponents and was the preseason favorite to win the league title.
Xavier, who defeated GW in last year's championship match to secure its third-straight title, is the second seed, followed by the Owls.
Junior Filip Rams
is Temple's hot singles player entering the championship. The number one player and team captain has posted a 22-7 overall record and has won his last eight matches. Also entering the weekend with momentum is Filip's younger brother, Kacper Rams
. Kacper, a sophomore, has won five-straight matches on his way to a 15-11 overall record.
In doubles action, Filip Rams
and freshman Taylor Hairston
are on a bit of streak of their own. The duo has won its last five matches and has put together a 13-2 record for the season. Kacper Rams
and junior Dmitry Vizhunov
lead the team with their 15-2 tandem mark, going 7-1 at number two and 8-1 at number three.
Temple is 16-7 on the season and heads into the weekend winners in six of its last eight matches. The Cherry and White did not play either La Salle or Charlotte during the regular season.
The seeds for the Championship are George Washington (first), Xavier, (second), Temple (third), Duquesne (fourth), St. Bonaventure (fifth), Charlotte (sixth), Richmond (seventh), Saint Joseph's (eight), Dayton (ninth), Saint Louis (10th), La Salle (11th) and Fordham (12th).
Competition begins on Friday, April 15, at 8:00 a.m., with the final match of the day set to start at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, April 16, play begins at 8:00 a.m. with the final match slated for 2:00 p.m. The fifth-place and seventh place matches of the Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship will commence on Sunday, April 17, at 8:00 a.m. The third place and title matches close out the event at 11:00 a.m.
Live scoring, along with results, recaps and photos, for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship will be available via the league's official website – atlantic10.com.