April 30, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Seven members of Vanderbilt men's and women's tennis teams have been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles and/or Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin earned bids to compete in singles and as a pairing in the doubles championship. On the women's side Frances Altick has been selected for singles with Sydney Campbell and Georgina Sellyn named as alternates. Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira will compete as a doubles pair. The tournament runs from May 21-26 on the campus of the University of Georgia.
All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games will be used for all matches. The doubles format mirrors the singles, but with only 32 entries.
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 in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the Division I 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. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches, with five matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Austin and Lipman will head to the NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight year. Last season, Austin exited in the first round while Lipman made his exit in the second round.
This year Austin has put together a record of 27-8, including 14-5 against ranked opponents which landed him on the All-SEC First Team for the second-consecutive year. Lipman, battled through injury in the fall and came back to post a 15-5 dual record, including an 8-2 mark in SEC play. Lipman earned Second Team All-SEC honors.
Together Austin and Lipman have been one of the best doubles teams in the country. The duo has never been ranked lower than No. 5 by the ITA in the dual season and has made it all the way up to No. 1. They have become the winningest doubles team in Vanderbilt history, posting a career mark of 32-9, including setting the single season mark with a record of 26-6. Austin and Lipman will be the No. 3 overall seed in the doubles championship.
Mira and Colton earn their second straight doubles tournament bid. Last season the duo went in ranked No. 12 by the ITA and were bounced in the first round by the No. 16 Texas Tech duo. This is Mira's third-consecutive doubles bid after making it to the sweet 16 with Jackie Wu two seasons ago.
The Vandy duo has posted a record of 11-6 thus far, including 7-2 in dual play and 4-1 in SEC play. They've knocked off four ranked opponents and went unfinished against three others. Together they knocked off No. 13 Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe to lead the Dores past No. 6 Alabama.
Altick earns an at-large bid into the singles championship after posting a record of 28-7 over the course of the year. She also went 9-1 in SEC play, leading her to a First Team All-SEC honor. As a sophomore this is Altick's first individual selection the NCAA Tournament.
Campbell and Sellyn earn singles bids as alternates. Campbell is the No. 4 overall alternate with Sellyn shortly behind her at No. 6. Both players were instrumental in the 11-2 SEC regular season record as they both played at No. 1 and No. 2 during conference play. Campbell currently owns a record of 16-9 and was named the SEC All-Freshman team and was the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year.
Sellyn is 24-15 on the year, and won the Ohio Valley Regional in the fall. The sophomore from Glasgow, Scotland was named named to the All-SEC Second Team.
Both the men and women will be in action next weekend as they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Vandy men are the No. 2 seed in the regional and will face third-seeded Virginia Tech on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. The Vanderbilt women are the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament and face the regions No. 4 seed, Murray State, on Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m.