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Mesterova Listed Among Invitees to NCAA Championships

May 3, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS--The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships and Loyola Marymount junior Pavla Mesterova has been named as the third alternate for the upcoming singles competition that will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 18-22). The University of Georgia will serve as host.

Invitations have been issued to the top 64 singles players and an additional eight alternates also being named. If any of the original 64 players decline to participate, then the alternates are moved into the field of 64. Once the 64 spots have been filled, the draw for the tournament will be determined and released by the NCAA the week prior to the championship.

"Pavla has been named as an alternate, which is a first for a singles player in the history of LMU tennis," said Head Coach Jamie Sanchez, who also sits on the NCAA Subcommittee. "Pavla has a very good chance of making the final draw as injuries and other situations usually require alternates to be named into the final draw of 64. She has had a very, very good season and is deserving of this honor."

All matches shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Pavla finished the regular season with a 27-6 record, going 19-3 in dual match competition at the No. 1 singles spot. The WCC Player of the Year shattered the LMU singles season record for winning percentage at .818. Her 27 wins is tied for fifth all-time.

In her two years at LMU, she is 52-16 overall. Her career winning percentage of .765 is the best in school history. She needs nine more wins to crack the top-10 for wins in a career. The record for wins is 86 held by Julie Oshiro (1991-94).

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.

For the complete list of qualifiers, visit NCAASports.com.

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