May 3, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine had three individuals and one doubles teams selected to compete in the 2007 Division I NCAA Tennis Championships, it was announced by the NCAA on Wednesday. Junior Andre Begemann and freshman Bassam Beidas will compete on the men's side while junior Sylvia Kosakowski was selected as one of 64 individuals to take part in the women's tournament.
Junior Bianca Dulgheru was chosen as an alternate for singles and will compete with Kosakowski as one of 32 doubles team.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 17-22).
Both Begemann and Kosakowski were automatic qualifiers into the tournament, while Beidas was an at-large selection. Dulgheru and Kosakowski were automatic qualifiers in women's doubles.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships will be awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee will apply the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships will be awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee will apply the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.
Both the Pepperdine men's and women's tennis teams earned automatic bids into the team NCAA Team Championships after winning their respective West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships.
The Pepperdine men will begin defense of their 2006 national title on Friday, May 11, when they face Penn State in a first round match at Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC beginning at 1 p.m.
The Pepperdine women travel to Fresno State where they will take on Long Beach State in an opening round match on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m.