Two Tennis Singles Players, One Doubles Team Selected For NCAA Championships
Four individuals will represent the Big West at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, May 25-30 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Long Beach State junior Maeva Razakasoa joined the field of 64 in the NCAA Women's Singles Championship. The Cranves-Sales, France native, the 2016 Big West Player of the Year, earned the Big West's automatic qualifier by virtue of being ranked in the top 125 of the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. She is currently ranked No. 82 nationally.
Razakasoa gives the Big West a participant in the women's singles tournament for the fifth straight year. She is the first 49er to compete on that stage since Anais Dallara made the field in 2012, and the fifth in program history. Jing Chen (1998), Hannah Grady (2006, 2008) and Dallara have represented LBSU previously.
Fresh off being named the first Big West Player of the Year in school history, UC Davis junior Alec Adamson learned that he will represent the conference as an automatic qualifier in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships. Ranked as high as No. 38 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, Adamson remains among one of the top players in the country with a ranking of No. 115 as of April 26. He is the first Aggie to participate in the national singles tournament.
He has two wins over nationally ranked competition this season – both ranked No. 30 at the time of the match – San Diego's Uros Petronljevic and California's Florian Lakat.
Also representing the Big West at the NCAA's is the UC Santa Barbara tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic in the women's doubles championships. The duo earned the conference's automatic bid by virtue of being ranked in the Oracle/ITA Top 60.
Dubavets and Stojic have been ranked as high as No. 10 in the country this season, and they are currently sitting at No. 24 in the poll. They are the first UCSB tandem to compete in the NCAA Tournament since Kelly Spencer and Amelia White qualified back-to-back in 1995 and 1996. Tracie Johnstone and Debbie Goldberger also represented the Gauchos for four straight years (1989-92).
An All-Big West First Team selection in doubles, Dubavets and Stojic own a 14-3 dual match record in 2016. They helped the Gauchos win the doubles point in all three matches last week at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, helping the program win the Big West Tournament championship for the first time since 1996.
The brackets will be revealed at the conclusion of the NCAA team championships, which run May 19-24 in Tulsa.