MOBILE, Ala. – Sixteen teams will head to Mobile, Ala., to compete in the 2017 SSAC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships April 20-22 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: Mariah Plauth (UM) is 5th, Jelena Djordan (WCU) is 6th, Aleksandra Grela (WCU) is 18th, Maya Mammetgulyyeva (Brenau) is 37th and Nataliia Baliaeva (WCU) is 38th

·        Women's doubules: Grela/Djordan (WCU) are 11th, Mammetgulyyeva/Rebecca Pijls (Brenau) are 16th and Plauth/Sina Marchione (UM) are 21st

·        Men's singles: Jesus Quesada (MMC) is 13th, Vladyslav Ladygin (WCU) is 14th, Lucien Samitier (WCU) is 18th and Nishanth Rebello (MGA) is 39th

·        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