Wednesday May 1, 2013Gator Duo Selected for NCAA Men's Tennis Individual Championships
Florida’s Stephane Piro (Marseille, France) was selected to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Singles Championships, the NCAA Subcommittee announced Wednesday, while the Gator duo of Piro and Bob van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) will participate in NCAA Doubles Championships.
The 64-player singles draw and the 32-team doubles draw will be played at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., on six consecutive days - May 22-27 - immediately following the NCAA Team Championship (May 17-21). The University of Illinois will serve as host.
The complete draw for both events will be unveiled on May 21.
Piro, a second-team All-SEC selection this year, became eligible in January after sitting out last season and had a 15-7 singles record and 12-7 mark in dual matches. Piro played near the top of the lineup all season, including the No. 1 singles position in the last nine dual matches. He has risen to No. 56 in the singles rankings with four wins against ranked opponents, including a win over 10th-ranked Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt. Piro started his collegiate career with an 8-0 record.
As a doubles pair, Piro and van Overbeek rank 25th in the country in the ITA doubles rankings. They have a 12-9 overall record, but has beaten three ranked tandems in the past month, including a win over 14th-ranked Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina. The pair has played in the No. 1 doubles position since late February.
According to the NCAA, all matches – including doubles – will be the best of three sets, opposed to the eight-game pro-set played in doubles dual matches. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
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, with six matches in the spring, 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.
The complete singles and doubles draws can be found at NCAA.com.