May 2, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Washington State University junior tennis player Liudmila Vasilieva has been selected to the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship singles field, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
This marks the second time in her three seasons that Vasilieva has been selected for the singles championship. She and teammate Elisabeth Fournier each were named to the 64-player field in 2010.
Vasilieva, a native of Yekaterinburg, Russia, ranked No. 50 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, is one of 15 Pac-12 Conference players named to the singles draw.
The 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis championship singles and doubles competitions will be held May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 17-22). The University of Georgia will serve as host.
"I am excited for Luda and believe it is recognition well deserved for an outstanding season," said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart. "Luda has proven throughout the year that she deserves to be included among the nation's elite players. Over the course the NCAA Team Championship as well as the singles tournament she will have that opportunity."
This season Vasilieva has posted a 31-7 overall record, including an 18-6 mark in dual matches. She is 15-6 at the No. 1 position has posted wins over No. 13 Zoe Scandalis of USC, No. 57 Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska and current No. 47 Lacey Smith of Arizona. She began 2012 winning her first 14 matches and achieved a career-best No. 42 ranking following the win over Scandalis.
For more information and a complete bracket of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, go to ncaasports.com.