May 3, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt women's tennis senior Jackie Wu has been named to the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Tournament for the third time in her four years as a Commodore.
In addition, Wu and her doubles partner, Lauren Mira, were named the second alternates for the NCAA Women's Doubles Tournament. Vanderbilt last saw players in the doubles field a season ago, when Alex Leatu and Rachael Dillon fell in the first round.
Wu last made the singles field in 2010, with her and Catherine Newman both making the event that year. Wu fell to the No. 1 player in the nation, Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi, 6-4, 6-1, that year.
She suffered a set-back against Georgia Tech in the opening round as a freshman (2009), as well. That year, Wu dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to defending singles champion, Amanda McDowell.
The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee selects the 64 singles players based heavily on the latest edition of ITA singles rankings, in which Wu is ranked No. 37. Automatic bids were given to 14 conferences, including the SEC, for having a player ranked in the ITA Top 125. Florida's Allie Will received the SEC's automatic bid.
The singles tournament is a 64-person bracket with each match best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used. Only the top-16 seeds have been announced, with the full field to be released closer to the event.
The doubles format mirrors the singles, but with only 32 entries. Should two entries pull out of the doubles tournament before it begins, Wu and Mira would be placed in the field.
As a team, No. 26 Vanderbilt opens NCAA play on Friday, May 11, when they take on No. 78 San Diego at Southern Cal's Marks Tennis Stadium. The match best underway at 1:00 p.m. CT.