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NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships Begin This Week

5/24/2016

Four players will represent the #BigWest at the #NCAATennis Singles and Doubles Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2016 NCAA Men's Singles Draw


2016 NCAA Women's Singles Draw

2016 NCAA Women's Doubles Draw

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The two Big West Players of the Year and one of the nation’s top tandems begin their quest for NCAA glory when the national Singles and Doubles Championships commence Wednesday and Thursday at the Michael Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

First round matches feature Long Beach State junior Maeva Razakasoa and UC Davis junior Alec Adamson in singles competition, while UC Santa Barbara duo Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic compete in the doubles tournament.

Razakasoa, the 2014 and 2016 Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, will face Mississippi State’s Jasmine Lee in the first round at 1:30 p.m.  Razakasoa is the fourth Beach player – the first since Anais Dallara in 2012 – to appear in the women’s singles championship.  She is ranked No. 102 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, going up against the 13th-ranked Lee.  Lee is listed as a 9-16 seed in the 64-player bracket.  Razakasoa was 18-4 in dual matches during the spring.

The winner of that match will meet either Stanford’s Taylor Davidson or Duke’s Kaitlyn McCarthy in the round of 32 on Thursday.

Adamson, the first player in UC Davis history to participate in the men’s singles championship, is ranked No. 115 in the country by the ITA.  He was one of 14 automatic qualifiers into the championships as the lone representative from the Big West in the ITA top 125 rankings.  The Corona del Mar, Calif. native drew Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire for his first round matchup.  Shropshire is ranked No. 40 in the nation.

Adamson finished 11-9 in dual match play, overcoming an 0-6 start to the spring to win seven straight and 11 of his next 12.  Should Adamson be victorious, he will tangle with either fifth-seeded Cameron Norrie of TCU or Mike Redlicki of Arkansas in the round of 32 on Thursday.

Dubavets and Stojic are the first Big West tandem to compete in the NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship since Brittany Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer from Cal Poly in 2010.

Ranked as high as No. 10 nationally this season, the Gaucho duo enters postseason play with a No. 22 designation in the ITA poll.  They posted a 14-4 dual match record in the spring.

Dubavets and Stojic will clash against DePaul’s Rebeca Mitrea and Yulia Shupenia on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (PT).  This is the first time a UCSB tandem has competed in the doubles tournament since Kelly Spencer and Amelia White made back-to-back appearances in 1995 and 1996.

The winner of that match will play either top-seeded Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina, or Washington’s Nour Abbes and Miki Kobayashi.