April 29, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Jackie Wu has been selected to play in next month’s NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championship while Catherine Newman was named as an alternate. VU’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Heather Steinbauer and Wu were named as alternates to the doubles championship.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 15-19).
Wu, a 2009 second team All-SEC performer, went a combined 26-9 in singles during the fall and spring season. The Holmdel, N.J. native won 11 matches during the dual season while playing at the No. 2 position. The Vanderbilt Hustler freshman women’s student-athlete of the year, has been ranked in the top-64 in singles all season, including as high as No. 21. Wu has defeated a team-high nine ranked opponents during the calendar year.
Newman was tabbed as the fourth alternate in this year’s singles championship after making it as a freshman and sophomore. The three-time All-SEC performer played No. 1 singles for the Commodores all season and faced one of the toughest individual schedules in the country with 25 of the 36 matches coming against ranked opponents. Newman played seven matches against opponents ranked in the top-10 en route to compiling a 20-16 overall record this season.
Vanderbilt’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Steinbauer and Wu earned an alternate selection to the 32-team doubles championship after posting three wins over ranked doubles teams this spring. The 43rd-ranked Vanderbilt freshman pair is listed as the sixth overall alternate to the tournament.
All matches shall be the best of three sets and regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
The ‘Dores return to the practice courts tomorrow as they start preparing for its match-up with No. 34 Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships. The match between the Fighting Illini and Commodores will be played on the campus of University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill.
It marks the first time in over a decade that VU will play the NCAA regionals away from home. The No. 19 Commodores have made a school record 11 consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.