NCAA Assistant Director of Championships Russ Yurk announced today that CMS will be the host site for the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships. The event will be a showcase for the Biszantz Family Tennis Center [pictured in an artist's rendering] on which construction will begin this fall. This will be the fifth time that CMS has hosted the Men's Championships. CMS has previously hosted in 1980, 1986, 1991 and 1999 in addition to hosting the Women's Championships in 1983, 1989 and 1997.
CMS Men's Tennis Coach Paul Settles is excited about the prospect of hosting. "When we knew that the new tennis facility would be built, it became a priority for us as a program to host the premiere collegiate tennis event - the NCAAs. We are ecstatic about showcasing our new facility to the rest of the country, and competing at the championships with a senior-laden team." Yurk is also enthusiastic about CMS hosting. "We are excited to hold the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships at CMS. The opportunity to host the event at an institution with a rich tennis tradition and in a facility like the Biszantz Family Tennis Center is extraordinary. The student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans will experience a first-class tennis environment."
CMS has had a history of success at the Men's Tennis Championships. The Stags have had 10 top four finishes including winning the NCAA Championship in 1981. They have also produced four NCAA Singles and four NCAA Doubles champions. CMS has been represented as a team in 27 of the 32 Championships including eight of the last nine.