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Marsland, Watling Draw Top Doubles Team In First Round

Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling will open competition in the NCAA Doubles Championship May 24.
Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling will open competition in the NCAA Doubles Championship May 24.
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May 22, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. - The draws for the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships were announced Tuesday morning.

Senior Ashley Watling, the No. 77-ranked singles player in the nation and the lone representative from Conference USA in the field, will face No. 26 Jose Hernandez of North Carolina in the opening round at 9 a.m. May 23 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Watling, the Conference USA Player of the Year, recorded a 24-11 overall record and an 18-7 dual mark playing primarily at the third position this season. He is 3-3 against ranked competition this year.

Hernandez is 18-11 overall and 12-7 during the dual campaign playing at the top of the Tar Heels lineup. He owns an 8-10 mark against ranked opponents this season.

The winner of the match will face either No. 14 Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss or No. 33 Alexis Klegou of Texas A&M.

Watling reached the second round in the singles championship two years ago on these same courts.

The No. 11-ranked doubles team of Watling and junior Clifford Marsland pulled a tough draw, as they will face the No. 2 team of Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz on May 24.

The top tandem from USC owns an 18-0 record, and they will compete for a team national championship today.

Johnson is also the nation's top ranked singles player, and he will begin play in the singles championship May 23 as he looks to defend his national championship.

Watling and Marsland are 29-8 overall and 19-6 this spring. They are 10-6 against ranked opponents, and they reached the finals of the 2011 ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship. They also advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Doubles Championship last year.

The winner of the match will face either No. 26 John Collins/Maros Horny of Maryland or No. 28 Jarryd Botha/Ricky Doverspike of Alabama.


2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles/Doubles Championships
May 23-24, 2012 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)



#77 Ashley Watling (TLS) vs. #26 Jose Hernandez (UNC) 9 a.m. May 23

#11 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) vs. #2 Steve Johnson/Roberto Quiroz (USC) May 24