Andersson, Cossou and Juricova Earn Individual NCAA Bids
May 6, 2010
BERKELEY - The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships on Thursday, May 6, as three representatives from the California women's tennis team earned bids. No. 2-ranked sophomore Jana Juricova received the nod as the Pac-10 conference's automatic qualifier and will hold the second seed when play begins. No. 18-ranked junior Marina Cossou and 35th-ranked junior Mari Andersson earned bids as two of 45 at-large singles selections. As the defending NCAA doubles champions, the No. 9-ranked tandem of Andersson and Juricova took home one of 16 at-large berths in the doubles field.
The singles and doubles championships will be conducted May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-25). The University of Georgia will serve as host. All matches (singles and doubles) shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships was awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players were required to have a record of a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships was 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 applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams were required to have a record of a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Juricova took home her second All-Pac-10 first team award this week and paces the Bears with a 36-6 overall singles mark. She went 20-3 at the top court and was undefeated (7-0) in Pac-10 duals. Also All-Pac-10 selections, Cossou rang up a 28-9 mark in singles and Andersson turned in a 30-9 record overall. Andersson and Juricova lead the Bears with a 30-8 doubles record (20-2 at the top court).
A year ago, Cossou and Andersson each advanced to the singles round of 32 while Juricova went one round further into the round of 16. Andersson and Juricova ripped off five straight doubles victories to claim Cal's fifth NCAA doubles title as they defeated this year's second-seeded team of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette of Stanford in the championship match. While Andersson and Juricova repeat their selections from last year, Cossou is making her third appearance in the singles championship in as many years.
The No. 12-ranked Golden Bears (18-5, 5-2 Pac-10) received their 29th bid to the NCAA team tournament on Tuesday, May 4. The team will host the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15. Cal faces Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern (12-5, 8-0 SWAC) in a match not to begin before 1 p.m. PT on Friday, May 14. No. 20 USC (13-9, 5-3 Pac-10) and No. 55 Sacramento State (19-6, 8-0 Big Sky) meet in the other first-round match set for 10 a.m. PT.