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Milewski Set To Open NCAA Singles Tournament

May 22, 2007

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ATHENS, Ga. - University of Colorado junior-to-be Monica Milewski will begin play at the 2007 NCAA Singles Championship, Wednesday morning (9:30 MT) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Milewski is just the fourth CU woman to participate in the national singles tournament and will take on Martina Banikova of Mississippi State in the first round of the 64-player field. Banikova is the No. 46 nationally ranked singles player, is 9-7 this dual season and 16-14 overall.

Milewski is No. 38th nationally, 16-8 this spring with an overall record of 25-11.

This will be the second match up between the two players this season having played one another back on February 2. Although CU defeated Mississippi State on the road, 4-1 in team play, it was Banikova, who tallied the lone point over Milewski, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

The Park Ridge, Ill. native is one of six women from the Big 12 Conference participating in the national singles competition.

Milewski displayed one of the best individual performances in school history winning 25 singles matches, while becoming the 19th CU women to win that many matches during the year.

In dual play, her 16 victories at the No. 1 slot helped the Buffaloes earn an NCAA Tournament berth, in addition win 16 matches with eight of those individual triumphs coming against the Big 12.

Milewski was one of three Big 12 women named to the all-conference first team unanimously.



Past CU Singles NCAA Participants

1985 - Kathleen Heckman (lost in 1st round to Southern California's Mary Norwood, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in Oklahoma City.

1982 - Kathleen Cummings, as No. 8 seed reached semifinals at inaugural NCAA women's tournament in Salt Lake City. (1st round: defeated Karen Heubner, UCLA 7-6, 7-6; 2nd round: defeated Jamie Golder, Miami, Fla. 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; 3rd round: defeated Felicia Raschiatore, Trinity (Texas) 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals: beat No. 1 seed Vicki Nelson, Rollins (Fla.) 6-4, 6-7, 6-2; semifinal: lost to eventual champion Alycia Moulton, Stanford, 6-1, 6-2.

1982 - Shannon Reide: lost in 1st Round to Helena Mansett, UCLA, 6-4, 6-2.


NCAA Singles Participants from the Big 12

Monica Milewski, Colorado

Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor

Zuzana Cerna, Baylor

Vanja Corovic, Texas

Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M

Imke Reimers, Nebraska