Date: May 2, 1998
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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WASHINGTON AND LEE TO HOST NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNEY
Host Generals meet Williams in the first round

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee University will host the 1998 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships from May 5-11. The host Generals are among the 14 schools selected to compete in the team championship.

The tournament begins Tuesday with the first round of the team competition and the championship match will be played on Friday, May 8 at noon. The individual singles and doubles competition begins on Saturday, May 9 and the championships will be played on Monday, May 11. There are 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams competing for titles.

Kenyon (Ohio) College is attempting to become the first team in the 17-year history of the tournament to win consecutive titles. Kenyon defeated Trinity (Texas) University 6-3 in last year's championship match in Claremont, Calif., and those teams will be the favorites again this year after receiving opening round byes. Host Washington and Lee has advanced to at least the semifinal round each of the last three seasons and brings a 16-3 record into the tournament.

Headlining the singles field is Skidmore (N.Y.) College senior Jamie Levine. Levine has reached the championship match each of the last two seasons. Two of last year's doubles finalists return, but will be playing with different partners this year. Senior Taylor Tarver of Rhodes (Tenn.) College) teamed with Nao Kinoshita to win the doubles title last year and Kenyon's Erin Hockman played in the title match.

The complete team draw is listed below. The singles and doubles draws will be released on May 8.

FIRST ROUND, May 5
Trinity (Texas) University (18-3), bye
Amherst (Mass.) College (16-1) vs. UC-San Diego (11-8), 11:30 am
Skidmore (N.Y.) College (17-1) vs. Luther (Iowa) College (12-4), 8:00 am
College of New Jersey (12-1) vs. Emory (Ga.) University (18-4), 8:00 am
Washington and Lee (Va.) University (16-3) vs. Williams (Mass.) College 
(8-4), 3:00 pm
University of the South (Tenn.) (12-8) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 
College (17-4), 3:00 pm
Hope (Mich.) College (17-1) vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) Colleges 
(18-3), 11:30 am
Kenyon (Ohio) College (12-5), bye

May 6: Quarterfinals (9:00 am and 2:00 pm)
May 7:	 Semifinals (12:00 noon)
May 8: Championship match (12:00 noon)

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