Dover, Del. (Apr. 13, 2011) --- The Delaware State University women's tennis team will face Bethune-Cookman in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament on Friday at the Millbrook Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C. The match gets underway at 8:30 a.m.

The Hornets earned a No. 2 tournament seed after finishing with a 4-1 mark in MEAC North competition (7-3 overall) this spring. The seeding is the highest ever for DSU, which is also seeking its first MEAC tournament win in team history. Bethune-Cookman is the No. 3 South seed in the tournament.

The Hornets and Wildcats did not meet during the 2010-11 regular season.

Delaware State's regular season was highlighted by a first-ever victory over perennial power Hampton last month.

"The victory over Hampton and the No. 2 seed are milestones for our team because it proves we are getting closer to some of the dominant teams in our league," said Delaware State head coach Alex Becton. "Our next challenge is to advance past the first round of the tournament. Bethune-Cookman is a very tough team, and we will have to play at a high level to beat them."

Kristina Alecksic has the top record for the Hornets this season. Alecksic is 9-1 in singles play and 5-3 in doubles this season. She has won her last seven singles matches entering the MEAC tournament.

Hannah Adewumi is 8-1 in singles action, while Marina Sicic is 7-3 this spring. Polina Razborova (6-3) and Christina Andrade (5-4) have also posted winning records in singles this season.

The winner of the Delaware State/Bethune-Cookman match will take on the winner of the South Carolina State/Morgan State first round contest in the semifinals on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. . Top-seeded South Carolina is the defending tournament champion.

The MEAC championship match is set for Sunday at 9:00 a.m.   

Delaware State women's tennis