Indianapolis, Ind.-----For the first time, a San Jose State University player is assured to compete in a NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship when sophomore Klaudia Boczova represents the Spartans in the singles competition.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships for singles and doubles play runs from May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus. The team championship for Division I women’s tennis is at the same location, May 17-21.
The 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year from Bratislava, Slovakia could be in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., as early as May 15 if San Jose State is able to defeat UC Irvine and either host University of Southern California or Sacramento State in team competition, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, respectively. The May 11 match with UC Irvine begins at 9:00 a.m. (PDT). The May 12 contest for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championship begins at noon.
As a team, the Spartans are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the WAC Championship on April 27 at the University of Denver. One team from each of 16 sites will advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships.
During the 2012-13 season, Boczova compiled a 16-3 singles record playing in the #1-position. She has wins over two opponents, Katie Le of Santa Clara (#26) and Aleksandra Josifoska of UNLV (#38), presently ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Top-50 national rankings. The first-year sophomore is ranked nationally #54 in the May 2 ITA rankings. She is the first San Jose State player ranked in the ITA rankings heading into NCAA Championship competition.
The NCAA Division I singles tournament consists of 64 players in single-elimination competition playing best-of-three set matches. As the highest-ranked player from a WAC school and being ranked in the Top-125, Boczova is one of 16 automatic qualifiers. Forty-eight (48) players were named as at-large selections.