April 30, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt senior Ryan Preston has been selected to compete in the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships, as announced by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee on Wednesday.
The singles championships take place May 21-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., and follow the team championship (May 16-20).
Ranked No. 53 in the nation, Preston earned a trip to the championships by being tabbed as one of 47 at-large selections that make up the field of 64. It is the third straight year that the three-time All-SEC selection has been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships.
Vanderbilt's No. 1 player each of the last three years, Preston is 15-15 this season with wins over five ranked opponents, including No. 2 Greg Ouellette of Florida. Preston also clinched Vanderbilt's wins over No. 21 Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
The Northbrook, Ill., native earned first team All-SEC honors on April 16, becoming just the fourth player in school history to earn three All-SEC honors in their career.
Preston is 1-2 all-time in his previous two visits to the singles championships. He has been a tough out both years with all three of his matches going three sets. Last season he fell to No. 16 Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round.
As a sophomore, Preston defeated Charlotte's Roy Sichel, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round before falling to No. 111 Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in the second round.
Prior to the singles championships, Preston and the rest of the Commodores will compete in the NCAA Tournament, beginning May 10 at 2 p.m. (CT) against No. 38 Indiana in Oxford, Miss.