The Big 12 Conference will send nine singles players and six doubles tandems to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-21. Illinois, Champaign will serve as host.
On the men’s side the Conference had four singles selections with Oklahoma’s Costin Paval earning the league’s automatic qualification for the second year in a row. Paval, who led the Sooners to a second consecutive Big 12 postseason title, ranks 19th nationally and amassed a perfect 5-0 record at the No. 1 singles position during conference play.
Baylor’s Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella and Texas’ Soren Hess-Olesen round out the league’s singles selections. Pradella finished the season ranked No. 30 in the ITA rankings after posting a 20-4 record playing predominantly in the No. 1 spot while Lenz finished with a 26-9 record and is ranked No. 51 in the ITA listings. Hess-Oleson enters NCAA championship play with a 16-10 overall record and a 9-8 mark in the No. 1 position this season. Hess-Olesen has four wins against nationally ranked opponents this season.
The Longhorns due of Chris Camillone and David Holiner earned the automatic doubles qualification and are the lone men’s pair representing the Big 12. The 33rd-ranked Camillone and Holiner (13-7 overall, 4-3 dual) started the fall season ranked in the ITA top-10 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship.
On the women’s side, the league earned five singles spots and five doubles bids. Baylor’s Ema Burgic earned the singles AQ and also, with partner Victoria Kisialeva, nabbed the doubles AQ. Burgic is currently ranked No. 10 in the country and holds a 40-8 mark overall. She has won 15 matches in a row to post a 23-5 dual-match record with all of those matches coming at the No. 1 position. Burgic and Kisialeva, a redshirt freshman, are ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA listings. The duo has a 17-3 record on court 1 and a 23-3 mark overall. The BU tandem is 8-2 in its last 10 decisions, including four straight wins. Against ranked foes, Burgic and Kisialeva are 8-2.
Texas’ Breaunna Addison and Aeriel Ellis also earned singles bids while Addison and partner Noel Scott were selected for doubles competition. Ellis has qualified for 11 of the 12 national championship events contested during her four years of college tennis. Addison went 3-0 at the Big 12 Championship to help the Horns win their second consecutive conference title, where she was selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer. Addison and Scott boast a No. 18 ITA national doubles ranking and 12 dual-match victories at No. 1 doubles.
K-State junior Petra Niedermayerova earned her third straight appearance into the singles championships and will join her playing partner Karla Bonacic in the doubles championship. TCU’s Stefanie Tan rounds out the league’s selections in singles play while OU pair Hermon Bhrane and Whitney Ritchie and Texas Tech duo Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams are the final doubles representatives.
Automatic qualification into the DI 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 in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection. Automatic qualification into the DI doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams.
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.