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No. 4 men's tennis prepares to face Washburn in Round of 16 Wednesday

No. 4 men's tennis prepares to face Washburn in Round of 16 Wednesday

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The No. 4-ranked and third-seeded Lander men's tennis team (22-3) looks to extend its NCAA Tournament run on Wednesday morning as the Bearcats face Washburn (13-5) out of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in the Round of 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center.

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STORYLINES

• Lander is making its 25th apperance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats are 56-17 overall in the NCAA Tournament and are making their 13th consecutive appearance. Since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 1992-93, the Bearcats have missed the NCAA Tournament just once.

• The Bearcats and Ichabods have never met in the NCAA Tournament. 

• Lander is aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. 

• The Bearcats have set the school record for wins in a season, surpassing the mark of 21 wins in 1997 and 1999 

• Washburn is in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008.  

• The Ichabods are the Central Region champions, having defeated Nebraska-Kearney 5-3 in the championship match. 

• Junior Eirik Groner was awarded the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Elite 90 award on Monday night, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.