Women’s Tennis | May 2, 2023
The USC women’s tennis team has a pair of Trojans going into the NCAA individual tournament, two Trojans locked up for the singles and one USC double for the tie.Advanced Erin Cayetano and new students Mediziger Already locked up in the 64-player NCAA singles lottery, Cayetano and Sieg will make their NCAA doubles debuts.
Seeger, ranked 11th, is 27-2 in singles and 117-1 in doubles this season. With three straight victories, Seager reached a career-best singles ranking ahead of the start of the 2022-23 double season, finishing No. 2 for the first time in November. Freshmen are 9-1 in the Pac-12 singles game. During the year, Zieger defeated ten ranked opponents, including two in the top 15. This season, the freshman earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in his USC debut and went on a 16-game undefeated streak.
Meanwhile, No. 44 Cayetano is chasing her second NCAA singles title, reaching the quarterfinals last season. The senior started the fall as the nation’s No. 1 singles player. This season, the Southern California native is 22-10 overall in singles (11-7 in doubles) while playing primarily at the three for the Trojans.
USC’s top doubles duo — No. 17 Cayetano and Seager — are 14-3 overall in NCAA competition. The duo will make their NCAA doubles debut this season.
Following the NCAA team championships, individual competitions are scheduled for May 22-27 at the USTA National Complex in Orlando, Florida.
About the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships
Singles and doubles events will take place May 22-27 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, with team championships ending May 18-20. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Division II and III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Athletic Commission.
All matches are best-of-three games. Ad-free scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (seven points must be won by two) over six games – all games will be used. In doubles matches, a 10-point tiebreaker will replace the third set.
Automatic eligibility for Division I singles titles is granted to any conference with one or more eligible/entering singles players ranked in the top 125 ITA. For conferences with more than one singles player among the ITA’s top 125 qualified/entry singles players, the subcommittee applies NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athletes are automatic qualifiers for those conferences. All singles players must play at least 13 singles matches, including six in the spring, to be selected for automatic qualifiers or general tryouts.
Automatic promotion to the Division I Doubles Tournament is granted to any league with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 of eligible/entering doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team among the ITA’s top 60 qualifying/entering doubles teams, the subcommittee applies NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is an automatic qualifier for those conferences. All doubles teams must have played at least 10 doubles games, with at least four in the spring, to be selected for automatic qualifiers or general selection.
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