Panova and Nagle Invited to NCAA Championships
May 1, 2003
EUGENE - University of Oregon sophomore Daria Panova, fresh off her singles title at the Pac-10 Championships, received an invitation to play in the individual NCAA Championships, which begin May 19 in Gainesville, Fla. Panova will also play in the doubles event with Courtney Nagle, beginning May 20.
'We felt a little disappointed we're not there as a team,' Oregon coach Nils Schyllander said. 'But we're very excited for Dasza and Courtney to go and have a chance at a national championship. We're really excited about their opportunity.'
For the men's team, sophomore Manuel Kost, currently ranked No. 51 in the country, will play in the singles draw beginning May 21 in Athens, Ga. Kost finished the season with a 15-13 record, with most of his matches taking place at the No. 1 position.
Panova moved up five spots to No. 15 in the national rankings following her run at the Pac-10 Championships. Nagle, a junior from Danville, Calif., is ranked at No. 54 and is listed as the second alternate for the singles championships, meaning if two players pull out, Nagle will enter the draw.
Nagle and Panova enter the 32-team tournament as the No. 33-ranked tandem in the country. The pair has defeated three teams ranked in the top 15.
Panova's 30 singles wins this season are nine more than the previous Oregon season high. Just as impressive is her 17-4 record in tournament play this season. Not only did Panova win the Pac-10 Championship, she won the Pac-10 Indoor Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Nagle has a 17-15 record in singles action, including a 5-5 record against ranked opponents. If she has the chance to play, it will be her first appearance in the individual NCAA Championships.