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Princeton Trio Ready for Singles, Doubles Play at the NCAA Tennis Championships

Princeton Trio Ready for Singles, Doubles Play at the NCAA Tennis Championships
Princeton's Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff

2012 NCAA Division I Tennis Individual Championships:
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Portions and photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

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.