Stancu Receives Bid to NCAA Tournament

May 2, 2012

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NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sophomore Cristina Stancu received a bid to compete in the singles draw at the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced Wednesday.

The singles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 18-22) with 64 student-athletes competing for the national championship. The University of Georgia will serve as host.

Stancu, currently ranked 26th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), joins Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (2011) as recent Maryland participants. Stancu is 14-8 this spring with four victories over ranked opponents. Three of those wins came over players in the field.

Allie Will of Florida is the bracket's top seed and Duke's Beatrice Capra is the second seed. Nicole Gibbs of Stanford is the three seed and Robin Anderson of UCLA completes the top four.

In the doubles draw, 29th-ranked Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus were selected as alternates for the 32-team field.

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

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is 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 applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.