Nedunchezhiyan Secures NCAA Singles Bid
April 29, 2009
SEATTLE - The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, and Washington sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is among those having made the cut as expected.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 14-19). Texas A&M University will serve as host.
UW's top doubles duo of junior Derek Drabble and sophomore Martin Kildahl were named as one of six alternates into the doubles draw. Just today the two jumped up to a season-high No. 35 doubles ranking on the heels of their semifinal appearance at the Pac-10 Championships.
Nedunchezhiyan, a native of Chennai, India, asserted himself as UW's No. 1 player early in the dual season, and reeled off a string of wins over Top-40 players that catapulted him up the rankings, with a season-high of 30th. He is currently ranked 43rd with an overall record of 21-6. He is 2-3 against other players in the NCAA field, but also has wins over three of the eight alternates.
This will be Nedunchezhiyan's first NCAA appearance, and the first for a Husky since Alex Slovic's remarkable run to the Semifinals in 2007. Over the past 10 years, head coach Matt Anger has helped three different Huskies make college tennis' final four: Slovic in 2007, Alex Vlaski in 2003, and Eric Drew in 1999.
Aside from the national title, All-America honors will also be on the line in College Station. The award is given to players that reach the NCAA Round of 16 or finish in the Top-20 of the ITA Rankings.
The individual draws have not yet been assembled. Washington as a team will begin NCAA tournament play on Friday, May 8, against Texas Tech in Austin, Texas in a match scheduled for 8 a.m. Pacific.