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Mocs Sixth in Initial NCAA Division II South Regional Rankings

The Mocs are sixth in the initial NCAA D-II South Regional rankings.The Mocs are sixth in the initial NCAA D-II South Regional rankings.

INDIANAPOLIS - In the first NCAA Division II regional women's tennis rankings for the 2014 season that were released late on Wednesday, Florida Southern is ranked sixth and is one of five teams from the Sunshine State Conference ranked.

The regional rankings are used to determine postseason bids for the NCAA Division II Tournament, with 48 teams earning berths, including six teams from the South Region. The conference champions from the Sunshine State, Gulf South and SIAC receive an automatic bid. Those three champions are guaranteed spots in the NCAA Tournament regardless of overall record, with the final three spots in the South Region filled by at-large selections.

FSC, who is 14-4 overall and has a 5-3 in-region record, is joined in the rankings by Barry (15-0 overall, 10-0 in-region) at No. 1, Lynn (14-2 overall, 10-2 in-region) at No. 2 and Rollins (11-3 overall, 5-2 in-region) is at No. 3. The other SSC team ranked is Saint Leo (13-4 overall, 6-4) at No. 5. The Lions fell 5-4 to the Mocs at Saint Leo on April 2.

Along with the five SSC teams ranked in the initial South Region rankings, the other teams ranked are all from the GSC as West Florida (15-4 overall, 13-4 in-region) is ranked fourth, while Valdosta State (11-3 overall, 9-3 in-region) is seventh and West Alabama (13-5 overall, 11-4 in-region) is ranked eighth.

The six teams selected for this year's NCAA Tournament from the South Region, which will be announced on Tuesday, April 29 online at www.ncaa.com, will compete in two preliminary-rounds tournaments at campus sites in the region. The two winning teams from each preliminary site will advance to the 2014 NCAA D-II National Championships, which is scheduled for May 14-17 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and is hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and Rollins College. The two preliminary South Regional tournaments are scheduled for May 3-6.

FSC, who has won eight of its last nine matches and is ranked 10th nationally in the latest ITA Division II rankings, will close out the regular season portion of its schedule on Friday, April 11 as they host Florida Tech in a 3 p.m. SSC match at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.

Click here for the complete initial NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Regional rankings.

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