May 23, 2013

Pantusart and Jogasuria Ready for NCAA Doubles Championship Event

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URBANA, Ill. – University of Akron women's tennis seniors Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria will compete against Tennessee's Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET in the opening round of 32 at the NCAA Doubles Championship. The event is being held at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center.

The Zips 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 and are ranked No. 42 nationally in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. UT's Szekely and Boren are seeded No. 4 in the bracket and are ranked No. 5 nationally by the ITA.

"We are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity," third-year UA head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Angelina and Prang are prepared and focused, and can't wait to get started."

Pantusart and Jogasuria 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.