Five Tulsa Tennis Players Earn NCAA Tournament Bid
May 1, 2003
Tulsa, Okla. - Tulsa's Alejandro Tejerina, Dustin Taylor, Ryan Livesay, Aleksandra Durska and Alicia Pillay were selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Singles Tennis Championships, as announced today. Taylor and Livesay will also take part in the Doubles Championships, with brackets and times to be announced at a later date.
Tejerina, the nation's 61st-ranked player, owns a 23-13 singles record on the year, including a 13-9 dual mark. He has been ranked for the past 33 weeks and will be making his first NCAA singles performance. Tejerina recently received all-WAC first-team singles honors.
The 84th-ranked player in the country, Taylor, will also participate in the tournament for the first time. He currently boasts a 19-13 singles record, and is 8-4 against ranked opponents.
Livesay is the third TU men's tennis player making an appearance in the singles competition. He posts a 17-17 mark, including a 12-10 dual record and has faced 12 ranked opponents this year.
Taylor and Livesay teamed up as the Golden Hurricane's No. 1 dual. They netted a 20-15 mark on the year, and began the season as the 20th-ranked doubles tandem, but fell out of the ITA rankings on March 26th. The duo was named the Region V Doubles Champions and received all-Western Athletic Conference singles and doubles first-team honors.
Durska will also participate in the NCAA championships for the first time, as she netted a 28-9 singles record, including an 18-6 dual mark. She owns the Tulsa career singles and doubles record with 115 singles wins and 83 doubles victories, and has been an all-WAC performer for four years.
Pillay, the nation's 31st-ranked player, earned her second selection to participate in the NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championships, as she advanced to the second round last year. She notched a 31-7 overall singles record this year, including a 9-6 record against ranked opponents, and earned all-WAC first-team singles and doubles honors.
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