May 14, 2012

NCAA Tennis brackets released

The No. 1 doubles team of senior Sarah Short and junior Alex Marcell, along with senior Tom Cawood were selected to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championship.

Cawood will take on Washington & Lee's Hayden White in the opening round of the men's singles championship on Thurdsay (May 24) at 9 a.m.  The winner of that match will take on the winner between Felix Sun (Williams) and Alex Lane (C-M-S) in the second round on Thursday afternoon.

The Big Red senior earned his spot in the championship tournament after posting an 18-4 record, including a 14-3 mark at No. 1 singles.  He has compiled two five-match win streaks over the course of the year, and a season-best seven-match winning streak spanning March 14-April 7.  Two of Cawood’s losses came to Kenyon’s Paul Burgin, who ranks second in the Central Region.  He also suffered a setback to Sam Miles early in the year, but a pair of late-season victories over the top DePauw singles player avenged the early-season defeat.  The senior currently ranks fifth in the region and is 12-2 in his last 14 matches.  White enter's Friday's first round match with a 16-7 overall record, including a 9-4 mark at the first singles flight.  The General junior is currently ranked sixth in the Atlantic Sought region.

Short and Marcell open NCAA Tournament play on Thursday against Nandita Krishnan and Hailey Hogan from Johns Hopkins.  Thursday's match marks the second meeting between these two doubles teams.  On March 3 at the ITA National Indoor Championship, Short and Marcell handed Krishnan and Hogan an 8-6 loss.  The winning team will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday (May 25).

The DU duo enters tournament play with a 20-2 overall record at the top double flight.  The Big Red duo posted a perfect 18-0 record against Division III opponents during the 2012 season.  Short and Marcell’s other two victories came against Division II Indiana (Pa.) and Division I Dayton.  The team’s two losses were to Division II schools California (Pa.) and Slippery Rock.  The DU tandem is currently riding a 15-match winning streak and ranks second in the Central Region.  Krishnan and Hogan enters the draw with a 12-5 record at the top flight.  They are 9-1 over their last 10 matches, with the lone loss coming to Chicago's Kendra Higgins and Carmen VacaGuzman in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The singles and doubles championships will be held May 24-26 at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

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