The Oklahoma men and Texas women’s teams earned automatic bids a week ago, but the Big 12 learned late this week that nine singles players and six doubles pairs also have qualified for the NCAA Tennis Championships that will take place May 16-27 at the University of Illinois.
The Oklahoma men and Texas women punched their ticket to the national championships last week, winning the Big 12 Conference Championships. In addition to those two team entries, 15 other individual players will be participating in the 2013 NCAA Championships.
On the men’s side Oklahoma’s No. 1 singles player, Costin Paval, is headed to the NCAA Tennis Championships for the second year in a row. Paval was 5-0 in singles competition in Big 12 play and is ranked No. 19 in the country. He will be joined this year by Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella of Baylor and Soren Hess-Oleson of Texas. Pradella is ranked No. 30 nationally, Lenz is ranked 51st. Hess-Oleson is not ranked among the top 50 collegiate singles players, but has four wins this season against nationally reanked players.
The 33rd-ranked Texas Longhorns’ mens’ doubles duo of Chris Camillone and David Holiner is the lone men’s double pair representing the conference in the individuals’ competition.
Five women singles players and five doubles teams also have qualified for the NCAA Championships. Tenth-ranked Emma Burgic of Baylor is going to Illinois to compete in the singles competition and will also compete in doubles with Baylor teammate Victoria Kisialeva. The doubles team of Burgic and Kisialeva is the currently ranked as the eighth best in the country.
Other women’s singles players who will represent the Big 12 in the NCAA Championships this year are Breaunna Addison and her Texas teammate Aeriel Ellis, Stefanie Tan of TCU and Kansas State’s Petra Niedemayerova.
The four other Big 12 women’s double teams that qualified for the national championship include Addison and Noel Scott from Texas, who ranked 18th nationally; Niedemayerova and K-State playing partner Karla Boriacic; Harmon Bhrane and Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma and Texas Tech pair KennaKilgo and Samantha Adams.
The team championship will be decided May 16-21 and the individual singles and doubles competition will be held May 22-27.
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