May 1, 2013

Women's Tennis Doubles Team Earns NCAA Championship Individual Selection

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NCAA Singles and Doubles Individual Championship Qualifiers (NCAA.com)

AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron women's tennis seniors Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria make up one of 32 doubles teams selected on Wednesday by the NCAA Subcommittee to compete in the NCAA Championship later this month at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

The pairings will be announced on May 21, and singles and doubles competition will be held on May 22-27.

The duo, which owns an 18-0 dual-match record and a 19-1 overall mark this season, is one of 11 automatic qualifiers in the field due to their No. 41 nationally ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

Pantusart and Jogasuria (pictured right) are the first Zips doubles team to qualify for the NCAA's individual tournament, but UA has been represented in the NCAA Championships in each of the last three seasons. In 2010, Zara Harutyunyan was the first player in school history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship, and the program earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Team Championship in 2011 and 2012 as the league tournament champion.

Automatic qualification into the doubles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA's top 60. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA's top 60, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which pair is the automatic qualifier from that league. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed matches, with five in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.