Florida's Embree, Tennessee's Libietis Named Top Seeds for NCAA Singles Tournament; Gibbs Seeded Alphabetically in Quest to Defend Her Titles
A day after revealing the 64 participants in the team tournament, the NCAA announced the seeds and the selections for the individual portion of the Division I tournament, which is scheduled for May 22-27.
Unlike the team announcement, this one doesn't include a draw, with that posted much closer to the start of the tournament.
The men's seeds:
1. Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
2. Alex Domijan, Virginia
3. Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia
4. Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
5. KU Singh, Georgia
6. Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi St.
7. Emilio Gomez, Southern Cal
8. Peter Kobelt, Ohio State
Henrique Cunha, Duke
Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
Evan King, Michigan
Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt
Matija Pecotic, Princeton
Blaz Rola, Ohio State
Ray Sarmiento, Southern Cal
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
The latest rankings won't be released by the ITA until Thursday, so it's not clear whether the committee went right down the rankings list for the seedings, but there was some definite movement compared to last week's rankings, which had Domijan at No. 1 and Cunha and Fanselow in the Top 8.
Any player who is seeded has already earned All-American status, and those who are not seeded can still be award that designation if they reach the round of 16 at the tournament.
It's interesting that No. 1 UCLA has no one seeded, but it's doubtful any players who are would want to see Marcos Giron or Dennis Novikov in the first round. Mitchell Frank of Virginia, who swept both of the ITA fall majors in 2011, is another unseeded player who could disrupt the expected progression of any seed.
The doubles seeds:
1. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, Tennessee
2. Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler, Duke
3. Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen, Ole Miss
4. Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, Virginia
Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra, Alabama
Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies, Auburn
Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters, Georgia
Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M
Because he didn't play in the fall, and played No. 3 doubles this spring, Ohio State's Blaz Rola did not get in and will not be defending his 2012 NCAA doubles title. Also noteworthy: there are no doubles teams from Southern Cal, USC or Stanford in the draw, which I will venture to guess is a first. Cal's Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Campbell Johnson are the sole Pac-12 team in the 32-draw.
The complete list of men's selections is here.
The Top 8 in the women's rankings from last week are the top eight seeds, in order. Embree, the first three-time SEC player of the year, is also the two-time Most Outstanding Player of the team tournament, after leading Florida to two consecutive titles.
The women's seeds:
1. Lauren Embree, Florida
2. Sabrina Santamaria, Southern Cal
3. Robin Anderson, UCLA
4. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Texas A&M
5. Zsofi Susanyi, Cal
6. Lauren Herring, Georgia
7. Gina Suarez-Malaguti, North Carolina
8. Anett Schutting, Cal
Ema Burgic, Baylor
Julia Elbaba, Virginia
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
Krista Hardebeck, Stanford
Yana Koroleva, Clemson
Danielle Lao, Southern Cal
Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State
Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska
Gibbs is defending her title, of course, but that's been a tough ask in women's D-I tennis lately. The last player to do it was Amber Liu of Stanford in 2003 and 2004.
Sofie Oyen of Florida, Pac-12 champion Kyle McPhillips of UCLA, Kristie Ahn of Stanford and Arizona State's Jacqueline Cako are among the dangerous unseeded players in the draw.
The difference between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeding isn't really important, save for headlines like the one on this post, but despite winning the Pac-12 doubles title, Southern Cal's Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian were unable to wrest the top seed from Georgia's Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller. Santamaria and Christian are going for the collegiate slam in Urbana, having won the All-American and the Indoor last fall.
The doubles seeds:
1. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, Georgia
2. Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria, Southern Cal
3. Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherhold, Nebraska
4. Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva, Baylor
Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane, Alabama
Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas, Michigan
Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren, Tennessee
Gibbs is also going for a second straight NCAA doubles title, after winning it last year with Mallory Burdette, who has risen into the WTA Top 100 since leaving Stanford after her junior year.
The complete list of women's selections is here.
Streaming will be available again this year, according to this article from Turner Sports. The schedule and links to streams for the first day of the team event, May 16th, is here.