Three Ivies Earn Singles, Doubles Selection to the NCAA Tennis Championships
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A trio of Princeton tennis players will represent the Ivy League in the singles and doubles competitions at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.
All three -- Matija Pecotic, Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff -- were automatic selections for the singles and doubles competitions to be conducted May 23-28 at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 18-22).
On the men's side, Pecotic was selected for the 64-player singles bracket. On the women's side, Bartlett and Graff were selected for the 32-pair draw in doubles.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 125 rankings for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Pecotic, the 2010-11 Ivy League Player of the Year, was ranked 114th in the April 24 ITA rankings after putting together a stellar 28-4 record in singles, including a 19-2 mark in spring dual matches and a perfect 7-0 mark at the No. 1 spot in Ivy play.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Bartlett and Graff checked in at No. 40 in the April 24 ITA rankings. The duo has a 21-10 record this season with a 14-6 dual match record and a 4-3 ledger in League play as the Tigers' top doubles team.
All matches in the championship 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 draws will be announced closer to the date of competition.