It is not every day that a National Championship event comes to Kalamazoo, Mich., but starting Monday, Kalamazoo College will host the NCAA Division III National Tennis Championships.
The event was announced in December 2013 and was reported most recently on campus in a fall edition of The Index. K last hosted the National Championships in May 2013.
“We are very excited to host the national championships again,” said K’s Director of Tennis Facilities and Women’s Tennis Coach Mark Murphy. Kalamazoo is playing host to all of the NCAA III Team Championships, NCAA III Doubles Championships, and NCAA III Singles Championships.
Murphy will be helping Sarah Woods K’16 this week as she competes in the 2016 NCAA III Singles Championships. This is Woods’ fourth consecutive year being invited to compete in the NCAA III Singles Championships.
Woods is not the only K player competing this week–men’s one singles player Branden Metzler K’17 was also selected to compete in 2016 NCAA III Singles Championships. This is Metzler’s second time being invited to the championships. Both Woods and Metzler earned MIAA Conference MVPs in their respective conference competitions this season.
“The tournament started today [Monday],” said Josh Miller K’17. “It’s cool to watch all these great players play, but now it’s harder to find parking on campus without getting ticketed.” To make parking for the tournament more efficient, campus security has turned Academy Street into a one-way going only east for the week, and added parking spots all the way from the top of the brick road down to Catherine Street at the bottom.
The tournament is being played at Stowe Stadium, which regularly hosts the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Champions. Stowe features eleven lighted courts, stadium seating, and a specialized media tower. Some matches will also take place at Sorensen Courts on Western Michigan University’s campus, which houses 20 courts total.
The tournament will last all week long, with the NCAA III Team Championships played first, from May 23 to 25, and the NCAA III Singles Championships played later in the week from May 26 to 28.