Vanderbilt senior Ryan Preston has been selected to compete in the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships, as announced by the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee on Wednesday.
Ranked No. 53 in the nation, Preston earned a trip to the championships by being tabbed as one of 47 at-large selections that make up the field of 64. It is the third straight year that the three-time All-SEC selection has been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships.
Vanderbilt’s No. 1 player each of the last three years, Preston is 15-15 this season with wins over five ranked opponents, including No. 2 Greg Ouellette of Florida. Preston also clinched Vanderbilt’s wins over No. 21 Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
The Northbrook, Ill., native earned first team All-SEC honors on April 16, becoming just the fourth player in school history to earn three All-SEC honors in their career.
Preston is 1-2 all-time in his previous two visits to the singles championships. He has been a tough out both years with all three of his matches going three sets. Last season he fell to No. 16 Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round.
The singles championships take place May 21-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., and follow the team championship (May 16-20).
Taylor, Newman make women's tourney
Senior Amanda Taylor and sophomore Catherine Newman were selected to represent Vanderbilt at the NCAA Singles Championships May 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla. The Commodore duo of Taylor and Courtney Ulery were also awarded a bid in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
“I’m delighted for all three of them,” Vanderbilt women’s tennis head coach Geoff Macdonald said. “This is quite an accomplishment for Courtney (Ulery) and for Catherine to be going for the second straight year as a sophomore is also a great accomplishment. I’m excited for all three of the girls and happy that Vanderbilt will be well represented in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.”
The singles field for the NCAA Championships consists of the top 64 players, while 32 teams are selected for the doubles field.
Taylor, a 2008 first team All-SEC recipient, will be making her second-straight appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships. The Richland, Wash., native advanced to the round of 32 in last year’s singles championships, defeating Southern California’s Sarah Fansler in the first round. Taylor, currently ranked 17th nationally in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, finished the regular season with a 19-4 dual match record and 26-8 overall singles record.