Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin officially announced the dates and sites for the various MVC sports championships for the 2014-15 athletic season. As part of the announcement, it has been revealed that the University of Evansville will play host to the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team Championships.
Wesselman Park will play host to the tournament, which will take place from April 24-26, 2015. The Evansville Community Tennis Association will provide the tournament with 12 outdoor courts. The facility can accommodate over 150 fans.
“This will be a great opportunity to showcase the MVC tennis talent to everyone in Evansville,” Purple Aces head coach Nick Mueller said. “Both of the 2014 team champions (Wichita State women and Drake men) were ranked inside the top 50 of the country this last year, which is a very high level of tennis.”
“The Evansville community has been very supportive of tennis over the years, and hosting this event will be another feather in its cap,” Muller continued. “I want to thank the Evansville Community Tennis Association (ECTA) for allowing us to use Wesselman Park as the host site for this tremendous event. This will be a co-ed event, so there will be 5 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams at this championship in 2015. We are all very excited.”
This will mark the first time the University of Evansville has hosted the league tennis championships in 18 years. The Purple Aces hosted the 1997 men’s championship after hosting it for the women in 1996. UE has hosted several conference tournaments in the past, most recently welcoming the 2013 MVC Women’s Soccer Championship.
Other championship sites for next season include: women’s soccer – Illinois State, men’s soccer – Bradley, volleyball – UNI, softball – Wichita State and baseball – Wichita State.
The MVC Men’s Basketball Championship -- the 25th consecutive men’s tournament in St. Louis -- will feature all 10 Missouri Valley Conference schools and will be played at Scottrade Center. For the 10th-straight year, the tournament will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday (March 5-8). All nine games will be televised, and the championship game will be carried on CBS Sports. The MVC Women’s Basketball Championship -- the eighth consecutive women’s tournament in St. Charles -- will feature all 10 Missouri Valley Conference schools and will be played at The Family Arena. The tournament will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday (March 12-15).
Other hosts for league championships in 2014-15 include Drake (women’s individual tennis and men’s individual tennis); Missouri State (men’s golf at Porto Cima at the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field); UNI (women’s golf at Spirit Hollow in Burlington, Iowa, and men’s and women’s indoor track & field); and Southern Illinois (men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s swimming & diving).