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ATHENS, Ga. -- Princeton junior Matija Pecotic in singles and senior Hilary Bartlett and freshman Lindsay Graff in doubles begin their quest for individual titles this week at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Pecotic face Florida's Nassim Slilam on Wednesday, May 23 at 4 p.m. in the 64-player singles bracket. The winner of their first-round match may face Southern California's Steve Johnson, barring a first-round upset. Johnson is the No. 1 overall seed and is leading the Trojans to a potential fourth-straight NCAA team title in Tuesday's championship match against Virgina.
Pecotic, the two-time Ivy League Men's Tennis Player of the Year, was impressive in his junior season with a 28-4 overall record, including 19-2 in dual matches and a perfect 7-0 at the No. 1 spot in dual matches against Ivy League opponents.
Bartlett and Graff hit the court on Thursday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m. to take on Stanford's Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, the No. 2 seed in the 32-team doubles bracket. In the women's team championship, Stanford lost to Pacific-12 Conference rival USC in the quarterfinals.
Bartlett teamed with Graff this season and produced a fourth-straight, first-team All-Ivy season. She is the sixth player all-time to be named a part of a first-team All-Ivy doubles team four times, following Yale's Connie Yowell (1982-85) and Cindy Kuragami (1992-95), Harvard's Kathy Vigna (1984-87) and Jamie Henikoff (1988-91) and Princeton's Lauren Fortgang (1989-92). Bartlett and Graff went 21-10 overall in 2011-12 with a 14-6 dual match record and a 4-3 ledger in League play as the Tigers' top doubles duo.
All matches in the individual championships will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
The singles and doubles competitions begin following the team championships and run through Monday, May 28.