Vladutu Selected to Participate in NCAA Singles Tournament
April 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- DePaul sophomore Ana Vladutu has been selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Tournament, the NCAA announced on Wednesday afternoon.
With the selection, Vladutu becomes the first DePaul women's tennis player to ever participate in the tournament.
Vladutu was ranked as high as No. 97 during the regular season. She received the BIG EAST Conference's automatic bid into the field of 64.
"I am really excited for Ana," said head coach Mark Ardizzone. "It is such an honor and privilege to be selected to play in the NCAA singles event. She will get to play in Athens, Ga., which is honestly the Mecca of college tennis."
Vladutu put together a 14-5 dual singles season, going 10-4 in the No. 2 slot and 4-1 at No. 1 singles. She and the Blue Demons earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last weekend; they will open up on May 9 against Notre Dame in Evanston, Ill.
"This selection is really for her ability to play against the big-time players, but also for all the hard work she did last summer," Ardizzone said. "No one in our program has ever played as much and challenged herself as much as Ana did last summer. She put in the work and now she gets to see the results of it."
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. The University of Georgia will serve as host.
All matches will 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 is 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 applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.
All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.