Fresno Pacific men's and women's tennis teams suspended due to NCAA violations

The Fresno BeeMay 23, 2014 

Fresno Pacific has suspended its men's and women's tennis programs for one year due to multiple NCAA violations.

Fresno Pacific didn't specify the violations in a news release Friday afternoon.

Sunbirds tennis players have been given the option to transfer immediately to other programs.

Fresno Pacific is a provisional member of NCAA Division II and is in the final months of a three-year transition from the NAIA institution.

"We take the responsibility of being an NCAA institution very seriously and we expect our programs and staff to operate with the highest level of integrity," Fresno Pacific President Dr. Pete Menjares said. "The findings of this investigation are concerned with one program and are in no way indicative of the department as a whole. We remain committed to supporting our student-athletes and will honor the scholarships of the current members of our tennis teams who wish to complete their education at FPU."

The Sunbirds tennis teams are coached by Neil Castro and last year the women won the National Christian College Athletic Association championship and the men's team finished as the NCCAA runner-up. The Sunbirds under Castro previously won two NAIA men's titles and one women's title.

The women's team went 10-15 this spring and finished the season with a loss in the consolation bracket at the Pacific West Conference Championships -- the first non-winning season in the program's nine years of existence. The Sunbirds men's team went 19-7 and finished fifth in the PacWest.

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