By The Brunswick News
College of Coastal Georgia's men's tennis team earned one of 10 at-large bids for the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship.
The Mariners will compete as part of the 24-team field for the fourth time since 2014. They are one of 13 teams returning from the 2016 tournament.
The Mariners (13-6) are 3-3 all-time in the national tournament, advancing to the second round twice and the quarterfinals once (in 2016) before falling to Georgia Gwinnett College 5-0.
The Mariners earned their bid by reaching the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight season. is the most represented conference in this year's tournament. Other SSAC schools include Mobile, William Carey and Middle Georgia State.
The Lady Mariners added a signee to their 2017 recruiting class.
Class of 2017 guard Romny Felts joins the team from Shelbyville Central High School and the Tennessee Fight AAU team. Felts is AAU teammates with fellow signee Sydney Seagroves.
"One of our needs in this class was a physical wing player that could defend and get to the rim," said head coach Roger Hodge. "Romny not only fits that description but also is a solid shooter that rebounds extremely well for a perimeter player. She has a unique combination of skills and plays as hard as anyone you will see."
Felts is the fourth addition to the Mariners' 2017 recruiting class.