Northwest Tennis Seeks 1st Sweet 16 Win

By Matt Tritten |

Published 05/11 2014 09:05PM

Updated 05/11 2014 10:59PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) The Northwest men's tennis program's built multiple impressive streaks over the last decade.

The Bearcats (17-3) have nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, five consecutive MIAA Championships, and five years in a row with a record that's 14-games above .500 or better.

But one trend Northwest would like to end is an 0-4 mark all-time in the first round of the national tournament.

They'll try to snap that skid Wednesday afternoon as they open the NCAA Championships' Round of 16 against Northwood (Mich.).

"It is exciting because it is so tough," Northwest head coach, and ITA Coach of the Year, Mark Rosewell said. "The 16 teams that are there are all quite capable of winning. There's nowhere to hide."

Northwest is winless in three matches against Northwood, but a victory over Wednesday's opponent would match the program's best single-season winning percentage.

The Bearcats hold one final practice in Maryville Monday before traveling to Altamonte, Fla. for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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