May 4, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Pierrick Ysern and Thomas Liversage have been selected to compete in the NCAA Division I men's tennis championships, it was announced Thursday by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee. The singles and doubles competition will begin on Wednesday, May 24 and run through Monday, May 29 and will be held at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
Pierrick Ysern, the 2005 NCAA national runner up, earns his third straight trip to the singles competition and currently holds a national ranking of No. 42. He finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-3 at the No. 1 spot and owns victories over top-ranked opponents including UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel, who is currently the top-ranked player in the nation, and Boise's Luke Shields, who ranked 29th at the time.
Ysern teams up with sophomore Thomas Liversage, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the doubles bracket. The pair, ranked 24th nationally in doubles, earns their first trip to the NCAA doubles competition. Together, the duo has compiled an overall record of 11-3 at the No. 1 spot. Most notably, Ysern and Liversage handed the, then-4th ranked, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill doubles team of Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy an 8-3 defeat on March 13. The duo first entered the national rankings on April 4 and has ranked as high as No. 13.
The announcement marks the second time that the USD men's program will advance a team, an individual, and a doubles team into the post-season tournament in the same year. The first time was in 1990 when the Toreros advanced as a team to the second round, four-time All-American Jose Luis Noriega competed in the singles ladder and Noriega and teammate J.R. Edwards paired up for the doubles competition.
Bracketing will be announced closer to the first day of the tournament. For more information, visit www.ncaasports.com.