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May 28, 2024 11:38 pm

UMO earns seventh seed in regional

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive women’s tennis team earned the seventh seed as an automatic qualifier in the upcoming Southeast Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

The Trojans will be making their fifth overall appearance and first-ever consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in program history. UMO will face second-seeded North Georgia (15-6) in the opening pod semifinal match after it finished runner-up in the Peach Belt Conference tournament. North Georgia will serve as hosts of one of the two pods. Under head coach Carlos Lora, Mount Olive enters the NCAA Tournament with a 14-11 record this season after winning the Conference Carolinas championship to extend its current win streak to four straight matches.

Flagler (19-4), the Peach Belt Champion, earned the top seed and will host the other pod in St. Augustine, Fla. with the entire regional tournament comprised of seven teams. The semifinal matches are scheduled for Monday, May 1 with UMO facing No. 12 nationally-ranked North Georgia at 11 a.m. at the UNG Tennis Complex in Dahlonega, Ga. In the other semifinal match, third-seeded Columbus State will take on sixth-seeded Tusculum at 3 p.m. In the Flagler pod, the Saints received a bye to the next round and will await the winner of No. 5 seed Wingate, the South Atlantic Conference champions, and No. 4 seed Georgia College & State University.

The winner of each pod will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be played May 12-16 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics