Matchups Set for 2014 BIG EAST Tennis Championships

Matchups Set for 2014 BIG EAST Tennis Championships

Championship Central

NEW YORK – The seeds and schedule have been set for the 2014 BIG EAST Men's and Women's Tennis Championships presented by NEW YORK LIFE, to take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., beginning Thursday.

Seeds are determined by a committee that reviews each team's regular-season schedule, ITA rankings, results against BIG EAST and common non-conference opponents and wins and losses against ranked foes.

With eight teams competing on the men's side, action in that bracket begins with Friday's quarterfinals. The top-seeded Johnnies open with No. 8 Villanova, while Marquette, which garnered the men's second seed as well, will battle No. 7 Creighton. The third seed went to DePaul, which squares off with Georgetown, the sixth seed, in Friday's quarterfinal round, while a pair of newcomers will square off in No. 4 Xavier and fifth-seeded Butler.

Friday's quarterfinal winners will advance to Saturday's semifinal round in both brackets. There will also be consolation matches that can be moved indoors.

BIG EAST Men's Tennis Seeds
1) St. John's
2) Marquette
3) DePaul
4) Xavier
5) Butler
6) Georgetown
7) Creighton
8) Villanova

BIG EAST Tennis Championships Schedule

Thursday, April 24
Women's First Round
No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Butler, 10 a.m.
No. 8 Providence vs. No. 9 Villanova, 10 a.m. 

Friday, April 25
Women's Quarterfinals
No. 1 DePaul vs. Providence/Villanova winner, 9 a.m.
No. 2 Marquette vs. Creighton/Butler winner, 9 a.m.
Creighton/Butler loser vs. Providence/Villanova loser, 9 a.m.
No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 6 Seton Hall, 11 a.m.
No. 4 St. John's vs. No. 5 Georgetown, 11 a.m.

Men's Quarterfinals
No. 1 St. John's vs. No. 8 Villanova, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 7 Creighton, 1 p.m.
No. 3 DePaul vs. No. 6 Georgetown, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Xavier vs. No. 5 Butler, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Women's Semifinals
DePaul/Providence/Villanova winner vs. St. John's/Georgetown winner, 9 a.m.
Marquette/Creighton/Butler winner vs. Xavier/Seton Hall winner, 9 a.m.
DePaul/Providence/Villanova loser vs. St. John's/Georgetown loser, 1 p.m.
Marquette/Creighton/Butler loser vs. Xavier/Seton Hall loser, 1 p.m.

Men's Semifinals
St. John's/Villanova winner vs. Xavier/Butler winner, 11 a.m.
Marquette/Creighton winner vs. DePaul/Georgetown winner, 11 a.m.
St. John's/Villanova loser vs. Xavier/Butler loser, 3 p.m.
Marquette/Creighton loser vs. DePaul/Georgetown loser, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 27
Women's Championship
Semifinal winners, 9 a.m.

Men's Championship
Semifinal winners, Noon