AUGUSTA, GA – With the conclusion of the 2019 regular season on Monday, the Peach Belt Conference has announced the bracket for the women's tennis tournament. The event begins this Friday, April 19, at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in Florence, S.C., and will be hosted by Francis Marion. It will be the seventh straight PBC Tournament held at the center.
Columbus State won their third straight PBC regular-season championship and will be the top seed at the tournament for a third year. The two-time defending tournament champions, the Cougars enter this season's event ranked #6 in the nation. CSU was unbeaten in conference play with a 9-0 mark and are 19-3 overall.
Flagler is the second seed, their highest tournament seed since joining the PBC in 2010. The Saints were 8-1 in conference play this season, 15-5 overall, and have lost only one match in March and April combined. Ranked #18 in the nation, Flagler reached the PBC semifinals for the first time in program history last season.
North Georgia is the third seed for the second year in a row, equaling their best regular-season finish. The Nighthawks enter PBC play with a 17-4 overall mark, 7-2 in conference play and are ranked #11 in the nation. UNG has reached the semifinals in each of the last two PBC Tournaments.
USC Aiken will be the #4 seed. The Pacers were 6-3 in conference play, their best finish in the regular season in school history. Ranked #36 in the nation, USCA will be looking for their first win at the PBC Tournament since 2009.
USCA will face fifth-seeded Georgia College in Friday's opening round. The Bobcats advanced to the PBC championship match last year, their first appearance in the final since 2003. Ranked #39 in the nation, GC is 12-7 overall on the year, 5-4 in conference play.
Host Francis Marion will be the #6 seed and take on North Georgia in the quarterfinals. The Patriots have won five of their last eight matches, including Saturday at Georgia Southwestern, to secure the seed.
Augusta is the seventh seed and will take on Flagler in the opening round while Lander is the eighth seed and will meet Columbus State. AU has won six of their last eight heading into the PBC while Lander returns to the PBC Tournament for the first time since 2016.
The PBC Tennis tournament website can be found here.