Hattiesburg, Miss.– William Carey University tennis opens the 2017 SSAC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships on Thursday afternoon in quarterfinal action at the Mobile Tennis Center.


The single-elimination tournament will open Thursday at 5 p.m., with eight quarterfinal matches. The semifinals are set for Friday at 11 a.m., with the championship matches set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

News & Notes

  •  The winner of each championship will receive a bid to the 2017 NAIA National Championships, which will be held at the Mobile Tennis Center
  • The men feature four teams ranked in the NAIA Top-16, with William Carey at No. 6, Mobile at No. 11, Coastal Georgia at No. 14 and Middle Georgia at No. 16
  • The women boast three NAIA Top-16 teams (No. 8 William Carey, No. 10 Mobile and No. 16 Middle Georgia) and two teams that are receiving votes (Coastal Georgia and Brenau)

Oracle/ITA NAIA Rankings

  • Women's singles: Jelena Djordan (FR/Caplijina, Bosnia and Herzegov) (WCU) is 6th, Aleksandra Grela (FR/Brussels, Belguim) (WCU) is 18th,  and Nataliia Baliaeva (JR/Saint Petersburg, Russia) (WCU) is 38th
  •  Women's doubules: Grela/Djordan (WCU) are 11th
  • Men's singles: Vladyslav Ladygin (JR/Kyiv, Ukraine) (WCU) is 14th, Lucien Samitier (FR/Montpellier, France) (WCU)
  • Men's doubles: Mark Simons/Tim Buehler (UM) are 22nd and Rebello/Alejandro Prada (MGA) are 25th

Thursday's Quarterfinal Matches (5:00 p.m.)

Men's Tennis

Women's Tennis

No. 1 William Carey v. No. 8 Blue Mountain

No. 1 William Carey v. No. 8 Dalton State

No. 2 Mobile v. No. 7 Bethel

No. 2 Mobile v. No. 7 Loyola

No. 3 Coastal Georgia v. No. 6 Martin Methodist

No. 3 Middle Georgia v. No. 6 Martin Methodist

No. 4 Middle Georgia v. No. 5 Loyola

No. 4 Coastal Georgia v. No. 5 Brenau